Paisios of Mount Athos

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Elder Paisios (Eznepidis) was a very well-known monk on Mt Athos.


  • 1924 Jul 25 - Arsenios Eznepidis born in Farasa, Cappadocia.
  • 1924 - Shortly before Eznepidis family left for Greece in the population exchange, St Arsenios the Cappadocian baptised him, naming the child after himself and foretelling Arsenios' monastic future.
After the population exchange, the Eznepidis family settles in Konitsa, Epirus. Arsenios resides here in his childhood and young adult years. After intermediate public school, he learns carpentry.
  • 1945-49 - Served for 3.5 years as radio operator during civil war, noted for his bravery, self-sacrifice and moral righteousness.
  • 1950: Having provided for his sisters' futures, he went to Mt Athos. He went first to Fr Kyril (later abbot of Koutloumousiou Monastery), and then to Esphigmenou Monastery.
  • 1954: Having been a novice for four years, he was tonsured a monk with the name Averkios.
Soon after, Fr Averkios left Esphigmenou and joined the (then) idiorhythmic brotherhood of Philotheou, where his uncle was a monk. He was in obedience to Elder Symeon.
  • 1956: Elder Symeon tonsured Fr Averkios to the small schema with the name Paisios.
  • 1958: Fr Paisios was asked to spend time around his home village to support the faithful against protestantism.
  • 1962: Fr Paisios went to Sinai.
  • 1964: On his return to Mt Athos, Fr Paisios took residence at the Skete of Iviron, then to Katounakia. His failing health may have led him to leave Katounakia.
  • 1966: Fr Paisios had an operation and part of his lungs were removed. During this time, his friendship with the sisterhood of St. John the Theologian, Souroti, began. Elder Paisios would place the relics of St Arsenios the Cappadocian in this monastery.
  • 1968: Fr Paisios went to Stavronikita Monastery and helped in its spiritual and material renovation. While there, he was the disciple of Elder Tychon, who lived in the hermitage of the Holy Cross. Fr Paisios was then clothed in the Great Schema by Elder Tychon, and after Elder Tychon's repose, Fr Paisios resided in that hermitage.
  • 1979: Elder Paisios moved to Panagouda, a hermitage belonging to Koutloumousiou Monastery. It was here that his fame grew. Between prayer and assisting his visitors, he only rested for two or three hours each night.
  • 1993 Oct 5: Elder Paisios left Mt Athos for medical attention. Despite his wish to be gone only a few days, he was diagnosed with cancer, requiring immediate surgery. After recovery, he was transferred to the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, Souroti.
Despite wishing to return to Mt Athos, his health did not allow it.
  • 1994 Jul 12: Having received Communion the previous day, Elder Paisios reposed, and was buried at the Monastery in Souroti, next to the church of St Arsenios the Cappadocian.


Translated into English

  • Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian, translated into English and published in 1989 and 2001 by Holy Monastery "Evangelist John the Theologian", Souroti, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Elder Hadji-Georgis the Athonite, translated into English and published in 1996 by Holy Monastery "Evangelist John the Theologian", Souroti, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Athonite Fathers and Athonite Matters, translated into English and published in 1999 by Holy Monastery "Evangelist John the Theologian", Souroti, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Epistles, by Elder Paisios of Mount Athos, translated into English and published in Feb 2002 by Holy Monastery "Evangelist John the Theologian", Souroti, Thessaloniki, Greece; distributed in the U.S.A. by St. Herman of Alaska Monastery.

Others, as yet untranslated

  • Discourses 1 - Me pono kai agapi gia ton synhrono anthropo, 1998 & 2001.