Wherever orthodox monasticism is absent, the Church does not exist just as there cannot be a government without an army and a well-governed state without gendarmes. The Monastic guard the boundaries of our Church and protect Her from her enemies, who, in our contemporary materialistic age, rush to
mangle Her like wolves.

Elder Amphilochios of Patmos. “Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit,  The Lives & Counsels of Contemporary Elders”