Fr. Gregory had previously served as an Anglican priest, but in 1992 he became disappointed in Anglicanism and embraced Orthodoxy. Three years later he was ordained and since then has served at a parish of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch in Manchester—one of the largest English cities—for over twenty years.
The purpose of our life is to know God. Athonite monks come to know God through silence and hesychia, through the Jesus Prayer. The world has its own ways—through communication with one other, including in our families, and through struggling with our “selves” and egotism. But if you’re only seeking your personal happiness, even if in God, then you are wrong.
Some Orthodox people travel to Milan to meet and talk with a man of lofty faith and sincere Christian convictions, living in our own day. Archimandrite Dimitri (Fantini)—a native Italian. Batiushka’s fate and his road to Orthodoxy are one of the multitude of miracles with which God glorifies His Church.