Raised as a pagan, as a young man Abraham was struck down by a nearly fatal illness, then cured by prayer. Convert. Monk, taking the name Abraham. Became a travelling evangelist and preacher in Rostov, Russia. Legend says that a vision of Saint John the Divine gave Abraham his own staff, and that Abraham used it to smash the pagan stone idol of Veles in Rostov; he then built the monastery of the Theophany on the site of the old pagan temple, and the staff was later carried into battle by Ivan the Terrible who hoped to benefit from its holy power. Abraham built two parish churches, one dedicated to Saint John, and started charitable organizations. Chosen abbot, he led by doing the most menial tasks, and serving all others.
- at the monastery of Rostov, Russia of natural causes
- buried at the church of the Theophany monastery
- “Saint Abraham of Rostov“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 October 2009. Web. 19 April 2015. <>