Starets
A starets (Russian: стáрец, fem. стáрица) is an elder of a Russian Orthodox monastery who functions as venerated adviser and teacher. Elders or spiritual fathers are charismatic spiritual leaders ...
Herman of Alaska
Saint Herman of Alaska (Russian: Преподобный Герман Аляскинский, c. 1750s – November 15, 1836) was a Russian Orthodox monk and missionary to Alaska, which was then part of Russian America. His gentle ...
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Lev of Optina
Hieroschemamonk Leonid (Nagolkin) of Optina, also Leo (or Lev) of Optina, was a venerable elder of Optina Monastery and a founder of Optina's eldership.
The future St. Leonid was born Leo Danilevi...
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Sergius of Valaam
Saint Sergius of Valaam (Сергий Валаамский) was a Greek monk and wonderworker credited with bringing Orthodox Christianity to Karelian and Finnish people. Conflicting church traditions place him possi...
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Antony of Siya
Antony of Siya (Russian: Антоний Сийский) (1479–1556) was a Russian Orthodox monk who was proclaimed a saint after his death. He founded the Antonievo-Siysky Monastery on the River Siya in modern ...
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Sergius of Radonezh
Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (Russian: Се́ргий Ра́донежский, Sergii Radonezhsky; 14 May 1314 – 25 September 1392), also transliterated as Sergey Radonezhsky or Serge of Radonezh, was a spiritual ...
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German of Solovki
St. Herman of Solovki (Russian: Герман Соловецкий, died 1479) was one of the founders of the Solovetsky Monastery. In total, he lived in Solovetsky Islands, at the time, the most remote locat...
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Cyril Pavlov
Cyril Pavlov, elder Cyril (in Russian: Кирилл Павлов), in life: Ivan Dmitrievich Pavlov, is a Russian Orthodox Christian mystic, elder, wonder-worker and Archimandrite, who was confessor to Patriarch ...
Saint Ambrose of Optina
Saint Ambrose of Optina (Russian: Амвросий Оптинский; birth name: Aleksander Mikhaylovich Grenkov, Russian: Александр Михайлович Гренков, December 5, 1812, Bolshaya Lipovitsa settlement, Tambo...
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Seraphim of Sarov
Saint Seraphim of Sarov (Russian: Серафим Саровский) (1 August [O.S. 19 July] 1754 (or 1759) – 14 January [O.S. 2 January] 1833), born Prokhor Moshnin (Прохор М...
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John of Pskov
Saint John, Hermit of Pskov (died 1616) lived in a period of terrible suffering and war between the Russian, Polish, and Swedish governments at the turn of the 16th to 17th centuries.He is credited wi...
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Degrees of Eastern Orthodox monasticism
The degrees of Eastern Orthodox monasticism are the stages an Eastern Orthodox monk or nun passes through in their religious vocation.In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the process of becoming a monk or ...
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Elder Isidore
Elder Isidore (1814–1908) was a Russian Orthodox monastic of Gethsemane Hermitage in Russia. Elder Isidore was born with the name John in Lyskov in an unknown year (estimated to be 1814). While still ...
Tikhon of Zadonsk
Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk (secular name Timofey Savelyevich Sokolov, Russian: Тимофей Савельевич Соколов; 1724–1783) was a Russian Orthodox bishop and spiritual writer who was glorified (canonized) ...
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Avraamy of Galich
Abraham Galitzki (died c. 1375) was an abbot of the Russian Orthodox Church.He was a disciple of Sergius of Radonezh, and later went on to found four monasteries on Chukhloma Lake, in the Galich distr...
Paisius Velichkovsky
Saint Paisius Velichkovsky or Wieliczkowski (Paisie de la Neamţ in Romanian; Паисий Величковский in Russian; Паїсій Величковський in Ukrainian; 20 December 1722 – 15 November 1794) was an Eastern Orth...
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Nil Sorsky
Nil Sorsky (Russian: Нил Сорский, also Nilus of Sora and Nil Sorski; birth name Николай Майков or Nikolai Maikov) (c. 1433–1508) was a leader of the Russian medieval movement opposing ecclesiastic...
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Euphrosynus of Pskov
Saint Euphrosynus of Pskov (c. 1386 – May 15, 1481) was a Russian monk and founder of a monastic community.Euphrosynus was born as Eleazar in Videlebe, a village near Pskov. He entered the Snetogorsky...
Abraham and Coprius of Gryazovets
Abraham and Coprius of Gryazovets (Russian: Авраамий и Коприй Гразовецкий, Abraham and Coprius of Pechenega) founded the Christian monastery at Gryazovets in Russia.They were born in Russia, and b...
Nestor the Chronicler
Saint Nestor the Chronicler (c. 1056 – c. 1114, in Kiev) was the reputed author of the Primary Chronicle, (the earliest East Slavic chronicle), Life of the Venerable Theodosius of the Kiev Caves, Life...
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Varlaam of Chikoy
Barlaam of Chikoy (Russian: Варлаам Чикойский - Varlaam Chikoysky, secular name Vasily Fedorovich Nadezhdin, Василий Федотович Надежин; born 1774, village Meresevo, Lukyanovsky uezd, Nizhny Novgor...
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Zosima of Solovki
St. Zosima of Solovki (Russian: Зосима Соловецкий, died 1478) was one of the founders of the Solovetsky Monastery established on the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea of northern Russia.The...
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Abraham of Rostov
Saint Abraham of Rostov was born in the tenth century, to a non-Christian family in Galich, Russia. After a near-death experience and healing, Abraham converted to Christianity and became a monk.He p...
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Monasticism
Monasticism (from Greek μοναχός, monachos, derived from μόνος, monos, "alone") or monkhood is a religious way of life in which one renounces worldly pursuits to devote oneself fully to spiritual work....
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