2022 is Year of St. Paisius Velichkovsky for Moldovan Church—300th anniversary of saint’s birth

Chișinău, Moldova, February 15, 2022

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Spiritual and academic events will be held throughout 2022 in the Church of Moldova in honor of the great St. Paisius Velichkovsky, who was born 300 years ago.

At its latest session on February 10, the Holy Synod of the Moldovan Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) declares 2022 the Year of St. Paisius, reports the Church press service.

“St. Paisius Velichkovsky was a great guide in the monastic life in Moldova in the 18th century, through the rediscovery of Patristic writings and the publication of the Philokalia. He is celebrated on November 15/28,” the statement reads.

Events will be held in all theological schools of the Church of Moldova in cooperation with other higher educational institutions, and at the diocesan, deanery, and parish level.


Hieroschemamonk Paisius Velichkovsky (1722-1794), a Moldovan elder who served as archimandrite of the Neamț Monastery in Moldova, holds a special place in the history of Orthodox monasticism and the Church as a whole. He wondrously combined personal holiness, a love for education, a remarkable ability to organize a monastic brotherhood, to attract and spiritually educate a large number of disciples, to create a large school of asceticism around himself, and, finally, a great literary talent that helped him accomplish the important and necessary task of correcting old translations and making new translations of Patristic ascetic literature.

Learn more about St. Paisius in an article about the great saint by His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla).

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