July 5 – Athanasius the Athonite

Athanasius the Athonite (ca. 920–1003) was born in Trebizond, baptized “Abraham,” orphaned, and raised by an adoptive mother who happened to be a nun (actually she was probably a nun on purpose). He grew up a model scholar, but longed for a monastic life. When his foster mother died, he “was taken” (by whom? it’s… Continue reading July 5 – Athanasius the Athonite