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
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