The Righteous F. Elias Panagoulakis, the New- hermit, was born on 14/7/1873 in Kalamata and lived in the area of Messenia. From the first years of his life are little known, but it is generally acknowledged that he was man of the world and sin. The death of a close and beloved friend was so salutary fact that, because at the funeral, he heard for the first time on the words of eternal life of the Gospel, " he that hearth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life "(John 5, 24). Full of thoughts and deeply impressed, he asked the priest of the cemetery to explain about. Indeed, the priest spoke of the crisis, the afterlife, punishment (accurate), the repentance and return. By crash, and aware of his spiritual state, (according to his students he told the priest: "And for me? For me who I bled the sea, there is salvation?!"), asked to confess. The priest was not confessor and that's why he sent him a seasoned spiritual of Velanidias’ Monastery.
The crummy hermit (now the features of his face had been altered by fasting and hard life) obeyed. Before he was leaving the "St. Anna" has a coin (a nickel copper at the time), to a student and sent him to the Church of “the meeting of Lord” to sing a prayer. After his return to the submissive, the small convoy began without a specific course. After wandering, shortly after the St. Constantine’s Monastery that was founded by scholar Hieromonk Gerasimos Papadopoulos (1763-1844), he met with the developer Christos Tampakehas. Father Elias and his students, in reply to a question of pious Tampakehas, were recounting the events. The Tampakehas that as it is proved of the things was pious and friend of monastic tried to help escort and he led to the estate of his friend Thomas Michalakis, (where now stands the Monastery “Annunciation of Thetokos” G.O.C.), from whom he bought the estate and offered to the ascetic.
After the installing in the new assured position, Fr Elias descended, after he found somewhere an old robe, on the small cave that was in the property and began to exercise greater zeal.
Inside the dark and damp of the cave, he fought superhuman mimicking large hermits. Soon his reputation exceeded the limits of the area and hundreds of people were still flocking to hear the fiery preaching of repentance. Many of the visitors, fascinated by his life and personality, remained with him and became submissive and students. The most important of his students were: George Anagiareas (successor to the leadership of the monastery during the period 1918-1920), George Poupoulatis (then Bishop of GOC of Messsenia named Chrysostom), Peter Kalokyris (monk Simeon), Andreas Kotsopoulos (Monk Anthony), Fotios Mpoustos, the Monk George Panagiotis Anagnostopoulos (later Archimandrite Theodoulos, founder of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Koroni).
However the Principal of all called him close soon his struggling slave. On January 17, 1918 (feast day of St. Anthony, whose life he wanted to emulate!), aged just 45, after a 16-year pursuit in hard, ascetic life full of rich spiritual fruit, the new- ascetic Father Elias Panagoulakis slept the sleep of the righteous. He left the reputation of saint and intellectual man and appreciated by the people of the region. The tomb is at the bottom right of the bell tower of Evangelistria’s Church of the Holy Monastery, in honest skull of a small wooden box-showcase, at the chapel of the Meeting of Lord, next to the skull of his student and later Bishop of Messenia Chrysostom (+1956).