Feast day: September 25
Saint Sergius was born to a noble family in Russia. His baptismal name was Bartholomew. Sergius’s family was impoverished when they had to flee to Rostov, near Moscow. After the death of his parents, Sergius became a hermit, along with his brother.
He became a well-known spiritual figure in the wilderness of Russia and drew quite a following. He eventually organized his followers into a monastic community. Soon Sergius was joined at the monastery by his brother. However, his brother was opposed to the monastery’s strictness, and Sergius soon left the religious community to once again become a hermit. Before long, the monastery fell into decline, and Sergius was asked to return.
Sergius was very well respected, and he offered counsel and encouragement to break the Mongol domination of Russia. Saint Sergius also focused on bringing peace to the princes of Russia and building monasteries. He was canonized in 1449.
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