June 9 – David Gareji; Anna Maria Taigi

David Gareji (VI cent.) (დავით გარეჯი) was one of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers who moved to Georgia from Mesopotamia, founding monasteries like there was no yesterday. When David and his companions got to Kartli, the place was partly under the control of Persian fire-worshippers, which wasn’t as hot as it sounds. David spent his days… Continue reading June 9 – David Gareji; Anna Maria Taigi

June 8 – Tevdore Kvelteli; William of York

Tevdore Kvelteli (d. 1609) (თევდორე კველთელი) was a Georgian priest during the Ottoman invasion (of Georgia) of 1609. Things looked pretty grim for Georgia as Turkish troops tromped into Tblisi. The king, young Tsar Luarsab II, was staying at his summer palace some distance west of the city. The Ottomans marched thither, leaving a trail… Continue reading June 8 – Tevdore Kvelteli; William of York

June 7 – Daniel of Scetis; Meriadoc of Vannes

Daniel of Scetis (V cent.) was a monk under Arsenios the Great (May 8), and then abbot himself for 40 years. He then “retired to the desert,” which I will assume means he lived as a hermit somewhere sere (as if Scetis isn’t sere in its own right). I’m guessing he wasn’t drawing a pension.… Continue reading June 7 – Daniel of Scetis; Meriadoc of Vannes

June 6 – Bessarion the Great; Norbert of Xanten

Bessarion the Great (d. 466) studied hermitting under Anthony the Great (Jan 17) and monking under Macarius (Jan 15). Once at the monastery a brother was evicted for falling into sin, and Bessarion got up and left with him, saying, “I too am a sinner.” He took to living a wandering life, “borne hither and… Continue reading June 6 – Bessarion the Great; Norbert of Xanten

June 5 – Constantine of Kiev; Boniface of Crediton

Constantine, Metropolitan of Kiev (d. 1159), was sent by Grand Prince Yuri to get the Seal of Approval™ from the Ecumenical Patriarch to become the Metropolitan of Kiev. It seems Yuri’s predecessor Izyaslav had forced the bishops of Russia to elect Schemamonk Clement as metropolitan without Constantinopolitan approval. (Not all the bishops acceded, bless their… Continue reading June 5 – Constantine of Kiev; Boniface of Crediton