Saint Paisios of Mount Athos


On 25 July [O.S. 12 July] 1924, Arsenios Eznepidis was born in Pharasa (Çamlıca), Cappadocia, shortly before the population exchange between Greece and Turkey. Arsenios’ name was given to him by St. Arsenios the Cappadocian, who baptised him, naming the child for himself and foretelling Arsenios’ monastic future. After the exchange, the Eznepidis family settled in Konitsa, Epirus. Arsenios grew up there, and after intermediate public school, he learned carpentry.


During the civil war in Greece, Arsenios served as a radio operator. In 1950, having completed his service, he went to Mount Athos: first to Father Kyril, the future abbot of Koutloumousiou monastery, and then to Esphigmenou Monastery (although he was not supportive of their later opposition to the Ecumenical Patriarchate).


Arsenios, having been a novice for four years, was tonsured a Rassophore monk on 27 March 1954, and was given the name Averkios.


Soon after, Father Averkios went to the (then) idiorrhythmic brotherhood of Philotheou monastery, where his uncle was a monk. While there, he was in obedience to Elder Symeon. On March 12, 1957, Elder Symeon tonsured Father Averkios to the Small Schema, giving him the name Paisios, in honour of the indefatigable Metropolitan of Caesarea, Paisios II, whose native village was Pharasa.

Monastic life

In 1958 Elder Paisios was asked to spend some time in and around his home village so as to support the faithful against the proselytism of Protestant groups. He greatly encouraged the faithful there, helping many people. Afterwards, in 1962, he left to visit Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Sinai where he stayed for two years. During this time he became beloved of the Bedouins who benefited from his presence both spiritually as well as materially as the Elder used the money he received from the sale of his carved wooden handicraft to buy the Bedouins food.


On his return to Mt. Athos in 1964 Elder Paisios took up residence at the Skete of Iviron before moving to Katounakia at the southernmost tip of Mt. Athos for a short stay in the wilderness there. The Elder’s failing health may have been part of the reason for his departure from there. In 1966 he had an operation removing part of his lungs. It was during this time of hospitalization that his long friendship with the then young sisterhood of St. John the Theologian in Souroti, just outside of Thessaloniki, began. During his operation he needed a large amount of blood and a group of novices from the monastery donated blood to save him.


In 1968 he spent time at the Monastery of Stavronikita.


Holy Monastery Of Saint John Theologian

Monastery typical rule for appropriate clothing:

Entry to the Convent is not allowed to women wearing trousers, short skirts, and sleeveless or backless dresses.

Women should wear a skirt that’s wide and long, reaching below the knee.

The Convent does not provide skirts, shawls/scarves or other articles of clothing.

Entry is also denied to men wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts. These rules also apply to children.

The Monastery is open:

Winter Time: 10am–1pm and 4pm–6pm
Summer Time: 10am–1pm and 5pm–7pm

Winter Time: 10 am -­ 03 pm
Summer Time: 10 am -­ 03 pm

Winter Time: 11am–1pm and 4pm–6pm
Summer Time: 11am–1pm and 5pm–7pm

During the Clean Week and the Holy Week the Convent is closed.

For any information please call the Monastery on +30 23960-41320.




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