Skite Sainte Fou – Monastère Orthodoxe en Cévennes, France
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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