The practice of "bringing out" during Great Lent monks (usually from Mt Athos) who have been given a blessing to hear confessions is not unheard-of in Greek parishes, where confession before each communion is not the norm, where most of the parish would commune at some stage during Great Lent or Holy Week, and if the parish was large. These monks would be available throughout the Lenten period, who, after hearing the parishioner's confession, would then send the person to the parish priest for absolution, if the confessor-monk were not a priest himself.
Monasteries of whatever provenance often have a monk or monks who are not ordained, but whose spiritual gifts and insights are recognised as being worthy of being blessed to hear confessions and to give spiritual advice. These "elders" are not necessarily old monks, some are comparatively young men. There are, of course, also spiritual mothers among female monastics, usually, but not always, abbesses.