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
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".