April 8 – Niphon of Novgorod; Julie Billiart

Niphon of Novgorod (d. 1156), born in Greece but finding no monasteries there (we know nothing about the state of his eyesight), wandered north and was tonsured in the Kievan Caves Monastery, rapidly becoming a monk about whom there was nothing particularly interesting to write. Sometime later he was made bishop of Novgorod, where he… Continue reading April 8 – Niphon of Novgorod; Julie Billiart