Joachim of Vatopaidi

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==Life==
 
==Life==
St Joachim of Vatopaidi was born ''John patrikios'' in 18 to Angelos and Agnes who came from the village of Kalyvia of Ithaka in Greece. At an early age, he lost his mother and his father remarried. His stepmother was known to have mistreated him and he would spent many hours reading Holy Scripture and praying at a small church near his home dedicated to St. [[Spyridon the Wonderworker|Spyridon]]. He
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In 1786, St Joachim of Vatopaidi was born ''John Patrikios'' to devout parents, Angelos and Agnes Patrikios, in the little village of Kalyvia of Ithaka in Greece. At a very early age, his mother passed away and his father remarried. His stepmother would be moved in jealousy towards the young child and it was well known that she mistreated him. This forced him at an early age to learn patience and he learnt to spend many hours hiding from her; reading the Holy Scriptures and praying at a small church near his home dedicated to St. [[Spyridon the Wonderworker|Spyridon]].  
  
One one of his trips, he visited [[Mount Athos]], where he became a monk and stayed at the Monastery of Vatopaidi taking on the name of "Joachim".  
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He joined the family business and worked for his father as a sailor. One one of his trips, he visited [[Mount Athos]], where he became a monk and stayed at the Monastery of Vatopaidi taking on the name of "Joachim".  
  
 
In 1827, the saint returned to his hometown of Ithaka and served the church there for the remainder of his life. He peacefully fell asleep in the Lord in 1868.
 
In 1827, the saint returned to his hometown of Ithaka and served the church there for the remainder of his life. He peacefully fell asleep in the Lord in 1868.

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Our venerable father among the saints Joachim of Vatopaidi (also known as Papoulakos) or Joachim of Ithaka is remembered by the Church on March 23.

Life

In 1786, St Joachim of Vatopaidi was born John Patrikios to devout parents, Angelos and Agnes Patrikios, in the little village of Kalyvia of Ithaka in Greece. At a very early age, his mother passed away and his father remarried. His stepmother would be moved in jealousy towards the young child and it was well known that she mistreated him. This forced him at an early age to learn patience and he learnt to spend many hours hiding from her; reading the Holy Scriptures and praying at a small church near his home dedicated to St. Spyridon.

He joined the family business and worked for his father as a sailor. One one of his trips, he visited Mount Athos, where he became a monk and stayed at the Monastery of Vatopaidi taking on the name of "Joachim".

In 1827, the saint returned to his hometown of Ithaka and served the church there for the remainder of his life. He peacefully fell asleep in the Lord in 1868.


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