During its third period in 1964, Abbess Eugenia Klidara built the Monastery from scratch.Abbess Eugenia (secular name Irene, daughter of Philipos Klidaras) came from Plomari, Lesvos.
She studied Theology and Literature. She was tonsured a nun by Metropolitan Panteleimon Fostinis of Chios and Hieromonk Kornilios Marmarinos who assigned her to be the Abbess of the New Monastery and the Holy Protection Monastery in Chios. After a while, she obtained permission from the Metropolitan of Chios to go to Vrilissia, Athens to build a church dedicated to St. Magdalene who was her patron saint.
Then, St. Raphael presented to her and said:
“Your plan will not be completed now because I would like you to become the Abbess of my Monastery”.
After receiving plenty of letters from the flock validating the call of St.Raphael, the late Metropolitan Iakovos Kleomvrotou of Mytilene executed the St.’s will.
On March 27, 1964 she officially accepted ordination as the Abbess and began her arduous, ascending path.
Living in a tent at first, she built the Monastery on Karyes hill from scratch.
Her devotion to the Saints and her self-denial made her father buy the surrounding lands. Endowed with excellent writing talent, she wrote 170 books which spoke to people’s hearts. Her books were reprinted in several countries and translated into various foreign languages. Her writings were internationally awarded. She built the Monastery with the earnings from her books.
Her personal contribution to the society was endless and invaluable as she offered scholarships and built and equipped schools, nursery schools, libraries and churches.
She financially supported the Female Orphanage in Mytilene, the local nursing home and many more.
It is well known what her faith, love, willpower and sacrifice have offered to the congregation.
It is also widely known how much faith she placed to the glorification of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene and how much effort she put in to make the Monastery an international place of worship.
She often used to say with deep humbleness:
“Our Abbot is St. Raphael. Everything was done because of His guidance and support.”
She sincerely loved the people and did everything for the salvation of even a mere soul.
For the religious sisterhood of the Holy Monastery that she created, she will always be remembered as the Spiritual Mother of Love – the personification of humility and spiritual battle.
She will remain for the generations to come a bright example of virtue and piety.
She died on July 4, 2013.
Today the Monastery continues its spiritual development.
The current abbess of the Monastery Abbess Tabitha was selected to fill this position by the late Abess Eugenia. Abbess Tabitha comes from Cyprus and used to be the loyal assistant of Abbess Eugenia.
A woman of many godly attributes curries out her responsibilities with great awareness and love.