Saint Hierotheus was born in 1686 in Greece. Desiring to
comprehend Divine wisdom as it is in the sciences and also as it is in
monastic life, the pious youth, displaying great ability and diligence,
studied Latin and Greek philosophy.
After the death of his
parents, and wanting to continue his education, St Hierotheus first of
all visited Mount Athos, which was famous for its many male teachers. At
first he was the disciple of a certain hermit near the cell of St
Artemius (October 20), and then he joined the brethren of the Iveron
monastery, where he received the monastic tonsure.
soon journeyed to Constantinople on monastery business, and from there
to Valachia, where the Lord directed him to continue his interrupted
education. Having been instructed by a certain Cypriot monk, St
Hierotheus by his good manners merited the favor of Metropolitan
Auxentius of Sofia, and was ordained deacon.
After completing his
education in Venice, St Hierotheus returned to the Holy Mountain. He
settled near the Iveron monastery in the Khaga wilderness. According to
the testimony of his contemporaries, he led a very strict hermit’s life;
with the constant Jesus Prayer the monk discovered deep love for
neighbor and joy-creating sorrow. On the intercession of the igumen of
the Iveron monastery St Hierotheus was ordained to the priesthood by
Metropolitan James of Neocaesarea, who lived there in retirement.
the request of the inhabitants of Skopelo, who had no priest, the
self-denying ascetic forsook his solitude. He celebrated the services
and preached for eight years, together with his Athonite disciples the
hieromonk Meletius and the monks Joasaph and Simeon.