Saints of the Day – Euthymius the Younger, Abbot

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(also known as Euthymius the Thessalonian; Euthymius the New)

Born at Opso near Ankara, Turkey (then Ancrya, Galatia), c.824; died on Hiera, 886-898.

Baptized Nicetas, he married early and sired one daughter whom he named Anastasia (means ‘Resurrection’). In 842, after being married only a year, he left his wife and baby in order to become a monk on Mt. Olympus in Bithynia by entering a laura, where he took the name Euthymius.

Shortly, he entered the monastery of Pissidion. The community was very disturbed by the troubles between the patriarch Ignatius at Constantinople and his rival Saint Photius. Abbot Nicholas was removed as abbot for supporting Patriarch Ignatius, who was deposed in 858.

So, in 859 Euthymius sought a quieter life on Mount Athos, where he became a hermit with an in situ hermit, Joseph. Here he lived alone in a cave for three years.

In 863, Euthymius visited the tomb of a fellow ascetic from Olympus, Theodore, at Salonika and lived for a time in solitude on a tower (as a Stylite), preaching to the crowds. He was ordained a deacon there, returned to Mount Athos, but left to escape the crowds seeking him.

After a time on a small island with two companions, he returned to Mount Athos and lived there with Joseph until Joseph’s death. In response to a dream he had of Joseph, he took two disciples, Ignatius and Ephrem, to Mount Peristera, where in 870 he re-founded the abbey of Saint Andrew at Peristera, east of Salonika, attracted numerous disciples, and served as their abbot for fourteen years.

He built another double monastery (men and women), which he turned over to the metropolitan of Salonika. When these houses were firmly established he put them in charge of his grandson and granddaughter respectively, and returned to Athos. He remained in Athos until a few months before his death, when he went to Hiera (Holy) Island with George, a fellow monk, and died there.

Saint Euthymius was credited with miraculous powers and the gift of prophecy, as related by his biographer Saint Basil, who was one of his monks at Saint Andrew’s. He is called “the Younger” to distinguish him from Euthymius the Great (c. 378-473, Armenian) (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney, Encyclopedia)

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 August 2020. Web. 24 November 2020. <>