Arsenios the Cappadocian

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Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian
Ὅσιος Ἀρσένιος ὁ Καππαδόκης
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Personal details
Born(1840-04-07)April 7, 1840
Pharasa, Cappadocia, Ottoman Empire
Died10 November 1924(1924-11-10) (aged 84)
Kerkyra, Greece
Feast dayNovember 10 (ns) / October 28 (os)

Arsenios the Cappadocian (Greek: Ὅσιος Ἀρσένιος ὁ Καππαδόκης April 7, 1840 – November 10, 1924) was born on April 7, 1840 in Kephalochori, one of the six Christian villages of the region of Pharasa of Cappadocia an early center of the Eastern Christianity. He had a brother named Vlasios.[1]


Born Theodorus Annitsalichos, his father was a teacher. Both parents died when he was very young, and he and his brother were raised by a maternal aunt. He was sent to be educated in Niğde, where he stayed with a paternal aunt who was a teacher. She, in turn, arranged for him to stay with relatives in Smyrna, while he continued his education. Besides Greek and Church Studies, he learned Armenian, Turkish and some French.[2]

When he was about 26 years old he went to the Monastery of the Holy Forerunner of Phlavianai in Caesarea. Later he was tonsured a monk and took the name Arsenios. Metropolitan Paisios II sent him to Pharasa and the neighbouring villages as a priest, while he was also secretly teaching the Greek language to the children of the region, at that time belonging to the Ottoman Empire.[2] In 1870, when he was thirty years old, he was consecrated an archimandrite.

After ordination, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Upon his return to Pharasa, the villagers called him Hadjiephentis. He was the respected spiritual guide of the villagers and helped the people a lot together with the mayor of Pharasa, at that time the father of Saint Paisios of Mount Athos. He was claimed to have healed sick people who came to him, Christians and Muslims. He gave Paisios his own name at baptism despite the parents' wish to name the child after a grandfather. Later he became the spiritual father of Elder Paisios of Mount Athos.[3]

After leading his parish to Corfu at the time of the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, he died after three months, at the age of eighty-three.[3]

Both Father Arsenios as well Elder Paisios were recognised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate as Orthodox Saints, Arsenios by the Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios I of Constantinople in 1986[4] and Paisios by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in 2015.

Works by and about Saint Arsenios[edit]

  • A collection of Psalms as has been given by the Saint ordered after the type of their specific use (Greek)
  • «Λόγοι και Νουθεσίες», Κελεκίδης, Λ., Ιερά Μητρόπολις Ξάνθης/Μαΐστρος, 2015. (Teachings of the Saint brought to Greece as a manuscript written in the books of the mother church in Pharasa. Translated from the Cappadocian Greek into Standard Modern Greek and published.[5]
  • Γέροντος Παϊσίου (Εζνεπίδη), «Ο Πατήρ Αρσένιος ο Καππαδόκης», εκδ. Ι. Ησυχαστηρίου «ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΣΤΗΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ Ο ΘΕΟΛΟΓΟΣ», Σουρωτή, 1979.


  1. ^ Γέροντος Παϊσίου (Εζνεπίδη), «Ο Πατήρ Αρσένιος ο Καππαδόκης», εκδ. Ι. Ησυχαστηρίου «ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΣΤΗΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ Ο ΘΕΟΛΟΓΟΣ», Σουρωτή, 1979.
  2. ^ a b "The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian", Pemptousia, November 10, 2017
  3. ^ a b Paisios of Mount Athos. Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian, Thessaloniki 2007
  4. ^ «Περιοδικό Πεμπτουσία», τευχ. 1, Δεκέμβριος 1999.
  5. ^ the author passed over the prophecies of the saint and did not inserted them into this specific publication. Article at Xanthi News

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