The Novi Kloštar Svet Ćelija under the spiritual sponsorship of the Archangel Saint Michael was founded on June 19 os, 1999 –Feast of St Romuald of Ravenna– by a Hieromonk of the Church of True Orthodox Christians in the USA. Upon completion of 15 years the monk became a suburban hermit in the City of Syracuse.  He was given the name of the Benedictine St Simeon of Syracuse in Sicily (+1035).   Ćelija is a Serbo-Croatian word for Monk’s Cell or Hermitage.

Father Symeon was born in Auburn, New York [1957]; educated and trained in Community Alternative Dispute Resolution & Family Mediation [1993], Existential & Gestalt Therapy, Addictions Counseling [1992 – 1996] and Orthodox Pastoral Counseling & Care [1998]; tonsured stavrophoremonk [1999] and ordained to the Holy Priesthood [2000].