St. Sergius of Radonezh
Born Barfolomei Kirillovich in 1314,
St. Sergius of Radonezh came from a once-wealthy
family and lived with his parents until their
deaths in 1334. He was tonsured a monk three years later
and was ordained a priest. In 1340,
he established the monastery of the Holy Trinity
one of forty which he founded. He created several
monastery schools and taught farmers better methods
of farming. He refused the patriarchate of Moscow in 1378.
Two years later, he urged Prince/St. Dimitri Donskoi to
fight the Tatars, whom Donskoi defeated at Kulikovo.
Sergius died in 1392.
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