THE SUCCESSFUL FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER GÉRARD GASCUEL SAYS SINGING OF ATHOS MONK INSPIRED HIM TO BECOME ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN & MONK IN FRANCE

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Cévennes, France

Skite Sainte Fou – Monastère Orthodoxe en Cévennes, France

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Gérard Gascuel, today Fr. Gerasimos Gascuel

Photographer Gérard Gascuel who worked with Marcel Marceau and Salvador Dali and now is Hieromonk Gerasimos says he decided to become a monk after hearing an Athonite monk singing.

“I was 33 when the editor in chief of an influential Japanese magazine sent me to Greece to make a report about the life of Athonite monks,” Father Gerasimos was quoted as saying by the Rossijskaya Gazeta daily on Tuesday.

Going around the monasteries he came upon a monastery where there is an ancient tradition to keep skulls of deceased monks.

“I went into the crypt and then life was divided: ‘before’ and ‘after’. When I was going back I met a Greek monk and we talked about the meaning of life. His English was poor… And suddenly he started singing!”, Father Gerasimos Gascuel recalls.

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