Below I present to you my valuable collection of the lives of the saints in order of the most recently reposed. It includes canonized and others too who demonstrated undoubted holiness and are worthy of great emulation. I will constantly update this collection as I find more.
Most resources below are written articles on the internet, if not specified otherwise. This collection of resources is a follow on article to “The nuts and bolts of reading the lives of the saints” I wrote before. Please try to read it before this one!
Fr Angelos El Antoni ( – present)
Apparently this man is saintly, alive and public. If you can read Arabic, you can follow him on these two facebook pages. They love posting regular videos of him!
Fr Fanous El Anba Paul (1929 – 2016)
This monk lead a highly ascetic life in the monastery of St Paul. This article contains stories of him. One story tells of a drug addicted youth who was forced on a bus to St Paul’s monastery. Fr Fanous somehow knew of his coming, evidenced by his awaiting his arrival at the entry of the monastery. The latter took him in, and through some sort of interaction of divine grace from the elder, the youth was healed. Being touched by his love, he even became a monk in that very monastery!
Fr Antonios El Sorianni (1948 – 2016)
A kind, loving, cheerful and clairvoyant monk. He was a skilled spiritual father who lived in the Sorianni monastery. Not too new fashioned that he didn’t lose his holiness to the horrible addictions with technology that people have nowadays, he did possess a flip-phone at the least. The author of this short account details his personal interactions with him.
Tunt Samira from California (1941 – 2015)
Towards the end of her life, this woman – one of your typical elderly ladies you see at church all the time – used to pray often till 3 am, eat simple foods and open locked church doors with her prayers. Pope Kyrillos visited her on many occasions. She is the first very holy person I’ve heard about outside Egypt. And she wasn’t a monastic either … big bonus.
> The life of Samira: audio accounts of how she touched her congregation’s hearts
Anba Mikhial of Assiut (1921 – 2014)
During times of hardship, hordes of people would rush to this blessed metropolitan seeking reassurance of Divine Providence. This article details: “Jesus knows, Jesus knows,” he was often heard to say “all your suffering, troubles, and needs. He answers in His way at His right time. The words might seem commonplace for a Christian cleric, but the strength and authority with which they were uttered assured people these were no ‘mere’ words.
Pope Shenouda III (1932 – 2012)
Listed as one of “the most attended funerals in the world”, Pope Shenouda’s funeral was attended by over one million mourners. Thus he undoubtedly won over an innumerable number of hearts of his Coptic flock. For over 40 years, this righteous patriarch tirelessly delivered love, comfort and edification through thousands of weekly sermons and over 101 book publications. Here are some great resources about him…
- Foriegner for the world: documentary: this is the best english resource I have found for Pope Shenouda. It’s a 1 hr long video. Me and my family watched it on his feast day, we loved it and it gave birth to interesting discussion about this golden man.
- Auto-biographical video interviews Part 1 and Part 2 : very insightful, edifying and joy-producing video.
- My typed up summary notes of the above videos are here.
- Medium sized biography
- Very short biography
Fr Faltaous El Sorianni (1922 – 2010)
This monk was an anchorite living in the Sorianni monastery. A countless number of people were touched by love, his light heartedness and his miraculous assistance.
> Miracles: contains a few accounts. The first one is one of the best miracles I’ve ever read about.
Mother Erini – Abbess of St Abu Seifein convent (1936 – 2006)
Probably the most famous female Coptic figure of modern-times. The innumerable count of her miracles can somewhat compare to those of Pope Kyrillos VI. One of the recipients of her grace writes, “My life has totally changed after having read the valuable life story of Tamav Erene. Beforehand, I was only interested in whatever was worldly. However, from the moment I read this book, Tamav’s life touched mine. I cried bitterly….” (Taken from book 2)
- A long extract from the first book about her
- Story of her miraculous visit to Mt Athos
- Nice short summary of her life
- Nice very short summary of her life
Bishop Makarios of Qena (1923 – 1991)
This bishop is widely known as the bishop who passed away whilst he was praying the liturgy. It is said that at the precise moment of his death, the oblation bread levitated from his hand and sat itself back onto the plate.
- Life & Miracles of the late Bishop Makarios of Qena (book 1): 76-page pdf.
- Miracles of the late Bishop Makarios of Qena (book 2): 88-page pdf.
Fr Pishoy Kamel (1931 – 1979)
- Medium-sized biography:
- 55 page detailed documentary: a historical kind of study on his life
- Short biography:
- Collection of short stories: these are super lovely. Start here!
Fr Yostos El Antoni (1910 – 1976)
Fr Mikhial Ibrahim (1899 – 1975)
St Kyrillos VI (1902 – 1971)
Probably the most popular Coptic figure in modern times, perhaps soon to be succeeded by his successor. “It has been said, and most probably without exaggeration, that each and every faithful Orthodox Copt that lived in the days of St Kyrillos’ Papacy, had either witnessed or experienced a personal miracle through his prayers; those miracles continue to occur by the Grace of God till the present day.”
- The value of Pope Kyrillos VI: short article
- Spirituality accentuated with Gentle Kindness: short article
- Short biography:
- Feast of Pope Kyrillos VI: short biography.
- More resources here.
Fr Abdelmessih El Makary (1892-1963)
St Abraam – the Bishop of Fayoum (1829-1914)
- Short biography
- Three paragraph description of him
- A list of 34 miracles pre and post-death
- 48 page biography
- 10 page biography
St Shenouda the Archimandrite (333 – 466)
More to come..
- St Macarius the Great
- Fr Mettaous El Sorianni
- freedominchristianity.com: this blogger writes often about the repose of modern-day holy monks in Egypt.
St Philaret of New York (1903 – 1985)
He was a righteous bishop who served in numerous places including Australia, later become the head of the Russian church outside of Russia, particularly New York and Eastern America. An extract from his life is: “One of the places in the Sacred Scriptures that the future hierarch loved best were the words of the Lord which denounced the lukewarmness of Christians in their faith. He loved to repeat that love for God, for Christ, must come in the first place: “Deny yourself and all that is close to your heart, and follow after Christ! This is the main thing!”
St John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Franciso (1896 – 1966)
Since the day he become a monk, he never slept in a bed. He ate once a day at 11 p.m and his nights he spent usually in prayer. Once when he came to administer Holy Communion to a dying man, he served it instead to a young recovered man who was ready to leave the hospital. With his gift of miraculous foresight, he explained “He will die tonight, but the other, who is seriously ill, will live yet many years.” And that’s exactly what happened.
- Extensive account 1
- Extensive account 2
- Sermon about him: this is part 1 of a 6 part series. Great to listen to it whilst travelling.
St Luke the Doctor and Archbishop of Crimea (1877 – 1961)
For those of you studying medicine, you’ll love this man. Apart from being a miracle-performing saint, he is considered the top surgeon of the 20th century in Russia. Whilst a bishop, he would spends hours of his day performing free surgeries for people. He conducted the world’s first animal to human kidney transplant and once operated on a patient by himself with only a bottle of alcohol and a knife.
St Silouan the Athonite (1866 – 1938)
St Hilarion Troitsky (1886 – 1929)
This holy martyr was an archbishop who lived during the time of Soviet Russia. An extract from this decent-sized biography of his life narrates, “The people around him later recalled his absolute monastic piety, true simplicity, humility and childlike kindness. He was always joyous, and even if something troubled him, he tried to cover it by that strength and cheer of spirit”.
St John of Kronstadt (1829 – 1908)
In my opinion, this man is the greatest and most unique saint that ever lived. Whilst a married priest, St John transformed millions of pre-revolutionary Russians. He performed 10 000s miracles, wrote countless deep and very clear spiritual contemplations which feeds innumerable hungry souls till today, prayed 6 hr daily masses attended by over 5000 people, was incredibly charitable such that the poor began migrating to his town to live off his charity and much more. Here are some links:
St Seraphim of Sarov (1759 – 1833)
St Seraphim is perhaps the most loved and revered hermit of the last 4 centuries. He was famous for his strong promotion of the Jesus Prayer and for his quote “Acquire a peaceful spirit and thousands around you will be saved”.
So instantly rewarded by joy via prayer, he once spent a thousand days praying the Jesus Prayer. By the end of his life he received 2000 visitors daily, healing the sick and giving them life-changing spiritual guidance.
More to come are:
- St Jonah Atamansky
- The Optina Elders
- Fr Seraphim Rose
- St Seraphim of Sarov
More to come are:
- St Paisios of Mt Athos
- St Nektarios of Aegina
Orthochristian is a wellspring of articles about the lives of Russian martyrs and saints (maybe some other EO saints too) who reposed in the last two centuries. They are very well written too.