St. Sergius of Moscow

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/25

Also known as
    Bartholomew of Radonezh
    Sergius of Moscow
    Sergius of Radonezh

    25 September

    Born to the nobility, his family moved to Radonezh to escape attack against Rostov, losing their fortune and becoming peasants in the process. Following the deaths of his parents, Sergius and his brother Stephen became hermits at Makovka in 1335, then each left separately to become monks. As Sergius's reputation for holiness spread, he attracted so many students that he founded the Holy Trinity monastery for them; following his ordination at Pereyaslav Zalesky, he served as its first abbot. His brother joined the monastery, but when he opposed Sergius's strict rule, Sergius left the community to live again as a hermit. However, the monastery began to decline, and the metropolitan of Moscow as Sergius to return as abbot. Advisor to the Prince of Moscow, he encourged the campaign that ended with the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380 which ended the Mongol domination of Russia. In the Russia that followed he founded forty monasteries. Late in life he resigned his position and retired to live his last few months as a prayerful monk. He is venerated as the foremost saint of Russia.

    c.1314 near Rostov as Bartholomew of Radonezh

    25 September 1392


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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