There are many web sites reproducing portions of the writings of the Desert Fathers, but a site that includes a good representation of sayings is: Suggested by a friend of Hermitary.
The Vitae-Patrum site was maintained by Benedict Baker, who together with his wife Eve produce the Fellowship of Solitaries web site and newsletter. The Rev. Baker passed away in August, 2004.

New Mexico hermit

The story of the Italian-born hermit Agostini-Justiniani (1800-69) is related on several pages. He emigrated to the New World as a young man. Agostini walked throughout the U.S. West and into Central and South America, settling in New Mexico in the 1860’s. He lived as a hermit in a mountain cave (“La Cueva”) in Dona Ana County, known for his herbal healing skills and his ascetic life. Agostini-Justiniani was murdered, probably by bandits. The inscription on his gravesite reads (in Spanish): “John Mary Justiniani, Hermit of the Old and New World. He died the 17th of April, 1869, at 69 years and 49 years a hermit.” URLs: and

Florida Everglades hermit (continued)

The diary of Florida Everglades hermit Al Seely continues:
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Previous sections are recorded under the September 22, 2004 entry.