Saint Theodosius, Abbot of Filotheou and Metropolitan of Trebizond

11 January 2015

Saint Theodosius, Metropolitan of Trebizond, was born in the village of Koritsa, near the Kastorian hills. His elder brother was Saint Dionysios, the founder of the Monastery of Dionysiou on Mount Athos.

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Saint Theodosius of Trebizond, fresco from Filotheou Monastery, 1765

At eighteen years of age, Theodosios became a monk at Constantinople. Later, he went to the Monastery of Filotheou on Mt. Athos, where he led a strict ascetic life and was elected abbot of the monastery, in 1375.

He was kidnapped by pirates and forced to go somewhere in Bithynia. He somehow escaped and went to Constantinople, where the Patriarch named him abbot of the Monastery of Manganon. Afterwards was made Metropolitan of Trebizond because of the holiness of his life. He persuaded Ioannis Alexios Komninos to help his brother build the monastery of Dionysiou on Mt. Athos.

After a God-pleasing life, he died in Trebizond in 1392.