January 23 – Gennadius of Kostroma; John the Almsgiver

Gennadius of Kostroma (d. 1565) spent his teenage years visiting monasteries and pining, much to his rich parents’ dismay. Finally, one night he changed into ragged clothes, climbed out onto the roof, shimmied down the drainpipe, and fled from their home, catching the next footpath to Moscow. But although he had spent his whole life… Continue reading January 23 – Gennadius of Kostroma; John the Almsgiver