Eugenia Rimarenko was born into a family of prominent landowners in Poltava. She studied in St. Petersburg and Moscow. After the Russian Revolution, she made a pilgrimage to Optina Monastery, where Elder Anatoly the Younger helped strengthen her Orthodox faith. She and her husband Fr. Adrian (the future Archbishop Andrew of Rockland) became spiritual children of Elder Anatoly and later Elder Nektary. With the increased persecution of the Orthodoxy they emigrated to Germany and then America, where Fr. Adrian founded the Novo-Divyevo Monastery in Spring Valley, New York. Matushka Eugenia reposed in the Lord on October 1/14, 1963, on the anniversary of her husband’s ordination to the diaconate.
Eugenia Rimarenko Translated by Mary Crockwell
The author was the daughter of a wealthy Russian landowner, who first visited the Optina hermitage in April 1919. She met the Elders Nektary and Anatoly during her own search for spiritual truth. They helped to deliver her from occultism and bring her into the Church. This is her vivid account of these meetings.