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Monthly Archives: January 2005

Hi-tech hermit

Here is a curiosity piece about a Romanian hermit whose computer, printer, cellphone, and television were stolen from the cave in which he lives. The news item is below or read it at Hi-tech haul stolen from monk’s cave Romanian police are investigating after a £3,000 worth of computer equipment was stolen from a […]

Maryland hermit: J. D. Walker

In this pleasant Quest Magazine article (Theosophical Society in America), J. D. Walker, who describes herself as an artist in the Chinese ink painting tradition and a hermit in the Tibetan Drikung Kagyud tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism, discusses hermitage literature and the wisdom of hermits. URL: Brought to our attention by a friend of […]

Hermit orders

A friend of Hermitary suggests the following web sites for information about some contemporary hermit orders: Community of the Servants of the Will of God (, Heartsong Hermitage (, Franciscan Missionary Hermits of St. Joseph (, and International Fellowship of St. Bruno/St. Bruno Lay Contemplatives (, with pages on the Community of Hermits of St. […]

Horgan on Steindl-Rast

John Horgan is a science journalist, skeptical about spiritual topics but intrigued enough to pursue what he calls (and titles his latest book) “rational mysticism.” So his pursuit of the Catholic lay brother, writer and part-time hermit David Steindl-Rast (now at Sky Farm Hermitage), is interesting for what it reveals about Steindl-Rast’s eclectic spirituality and […]