Two decades ago, two great Elders—Cleopa (Ilie) and Marcu (Dumitrescu)—were living in the apiary of Sihăstria Monastery. The first carried out the ascetic labor of reclusion in the mountains for many years, and the second spent more than twenty years in inhuman conditions in prison. When they met, they began to share their experiences with one another.
Fr. Chiril is a German. Though he was born and grew up in Germany, he has lived at Radu Voda Monastery in Bucharest for many years. He fell in love with Orthodoxy and Romania and decided to remain there forever, not as a layman but as a monk of one of the most famous monasteries in the capital.