In the orthodox church geronadas are much appreciated for their wisdom and advice.
Geronda in english Elder is a monk or a priest that has lots of knowledge and experience in the spiritual field and his opinion is requested on matters presented by the faithful.
A Geronda is a spiritual father that teaches to his disciples the best way to fight to be a good christian and live according to the laws of the Lord.
Some geronda can achieve superstart fame, others keep a lower profile. Their blessing is always appreciated.