June 19 – Paisios the Great; Romuald

Paisios the Great (320–417) (aka Bishoy) was the youngest and sickliest of a large and pious Egyptian family. When an angel in a vision told his mother to dedicate one of her children to God, and indicated that by “one of her children” he meant Paisios, the mother tried to put forward one of the… Continue reading June 19 – Paisios the Great; Romuald

June 18 – Leontius, Hypatius, and Theodulus; Osanna of Mantua

Leontius (d. ca. 70–79) was a Roman soldier in Phoenicia. When the governor, Adrian (if you mentally said that in Sylvester Stallone’s voice, shame on you), caught word he had been converting fellow soldiers to Christianity, he sent a contingent of soldiers under the tribune Hypatius to fetch him. Along the way, Hypatius developed a… Continue reading June 18 – Leontius, Hypatius, and Theodulus; Osanna of Mantua

June 17 – Botolph

Botolph (ca. 610–ca. 680), of East Anglian noble stock, traveled with his brother Adulph to Gaul, where with the (subsequently sainted) sisters of King Ethelmund of East Anglia, they learned monasticism. After a time, Botolph was tonsured a Benedictine monk and sent back to England to establish a monastery. He went to the East Anglian… Continue reading June 17 – Botolph

June 16 – Moses of Optina; Lutgardis of Aywières

Moses of Optina (1782–1863) went to Moscow to seek his fortune when he was nineteen, and after an unexpected rendezvous with a monastic recruiter in a dark alley, ended up becoming a monk at Sarov under the famous Seraphim (Jan 2). From there he moved to Roslavl, then finally to Optina. Bishop Philaret (the future… Continue reading June 16 – Moses of Optina; Lutgardis of Aywières

June 15 – Doulas of Egypt; Vitus

Doulas of Egypt (no date—let’s just say “Egyptian Monk period”), due to his humility, meekness, obedience, and so on, endured the jealous mockery of his fellow monks (and there’s no jealous mockery like jealous monky mockery) for twenty years. But worse was to come, otherwise his story would be boring and I’d have picked some… Continue reading June 15 – Doulas of Egypt; Vitus