September 25 – Euphrosyne of Suzdal; Hermann von Reichenau

Euphrosyne of Suzdal (1212–1250) didn’t come along until her parents (Great Prince Michael of Chernigov and his great wife Theophania) had made multiple pilgrimages to the Caves Monastery in Kiev (Kyiv) and received three visitations from the Theotokos telling them to be patient and they’d get pregnant. She (Euphrosyne) was raised in faith and piety,… Continue reading September 25 – Euphrosyne of Suzdal; Hermann von Reichenau

September 24 – Peter the Aleut; Anton Martin Slomsek

Peter the Aleut (ca. 1800–1815), born Cungagnaq on Kodiak, was one of fourteen Aleut seal-and-otter hunters whom the Russian American Company had compelled (to use the nicest possible term) to hunt seals off the coast of the Spanish bit of California, which apparently they shouldn’t’ve otta. They were captured by the Spaniards (well, some of… Continue reading September 24 – Peter the Aleut; Anton Martin Slomsek

September 23 – Adomnán of Iona; Padre Pio

Adamnan of Iona (ca. 627–704) (aka Adomnán) was a distant cousin of Columba (Jun 9) (for certain values of “distant”—we’re talking a few hundred years). He was born in Raphoe, County Donegal, Ulster, and became abbot of Iona*, after monking around either here or there (the experts are in a dither). We are told that… Continue reading September 23 – Adomnán of Iona; Padre Pio

September 22 – Jonah the Prophet; Ignatius of Santhia

Jonah the Prophet (VIII cent. BC(E)) was notable among Hebrew prophets as the only one to get eaten by a sea creature. (Whale? Fish? Polaris submarine? The experts are still arguing.) He is mentioned in 2 Kings, but also has his own book, although that’s not nearly as unusual as the fish/whale thing. Propheting in… Continue reading September 22 – Jonah the Prophet; Ignatius of Santhia

September 21 – John Maisuradze; Matthew the Apostle

John Maisuradze (ca. 1882–1957), after helping to rebuild a monastery in his homeland (Georgia), enrolled at the St. John Skete* of the Iveron Monastery of the Athonite* Peninsula in 1903. He was known for his simplicity and obedience, which was either remarkable or not, depending on how lax things were on Athos in those days.… Continue reading September 21 – John Maisuradze; Matthew the Apostle