Born to a wealthy family. When his parents died, Alexis became a hermit on the Volga River. His reputation for holiness spread and attracted so many students that he founded a monastery for them, became a monk, and took the name Barlaam.
- Novgorod, Russia as Alexis
- “Saint Barlaam of Novgorod“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 November 2013. Web. 16 January 2017. <>