Orphaned at age 10, he became an apprentice to a Turkish shoemaker. Pressured by his master to renounce Christianity and become Muslim, Cyril fled to the Chilandar monastery on Mount Athos. Eight years later he was discovered by Muslim authorities, arrested for leaving his apprenticeship, and ordered to renounce Christianity; he refused. Martyr.
- “Saint Cyril of Thessaloniki“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 July 2016. Web. 27 February 2017. <>