A New Saint for the Church
A New Saint for the Church

Elder Paisios (Eznepidis) of Mt. Athos is declared a saint just over 20 years from his falling asleep.

Elder Paisios is one of the most familiar modern elders due to the many books about him as well as well-organized collections of his teachings produced by the Monastery of St. John the Theologian in Sourti, Greece.  Here is a brief outline of his life:

~ Born  on July 25, 1924 and was deported a month after his birth along with most Greeks in Turkey

~ Served during World War II as a radio operator

~ Came to Mt. Athos in 1950 being tonsured four years later

~ Returned to his Greek village area in 1958 to help resist Protestant proselytism

~ Resided in Sinai for two years and then returned to Mt. Athos in 1964 serving at several communities

~ Beginning in 1964 during periods of illness he resided at the Monastery of St. John the Theologian in Sourti

~ Fell asleep on July 12, 1994.  Canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarch on January 13 of this year

Brief Life and Quotes

Selection of Quotes on Various Subjects

Elder Paisios in Print

Proposed Troparia/Kontakia


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