On Mt. Athos, there was a time when many monastics left the main monasteries and formed sketes that were considered extensions of the original cenobitic monasteries. This was considered a time of serious decline of monasticism on the Holy Mountain. They sometimes called these communities "cenobitic sketes" to distinguish them from the more traditional "idiorrythmic sketes" which were, as explained above, loose groups of hermits who came together for common worship and sometimes were under a single spiritual father. One monastic decried the appearance of TV antennas and creature comforts appearing on the dwellings of some of these sketes, which seemed a bit more like retirement communities for single men rather than true monastic endeavors. Many of these "sketes" have since closed down and been "reabsorbed" into the main monastic communities as Mt. Athos continues to see a new blooming of monasticism.
Edited by Herman Blaydoe, 28 March 2012 - 01:18 PM.
I am becoming less of a fan of automatic spelling correction