On 13 January 2015 the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously agreed to incorporate the monk Paisios of Mt. Athos into the registry of the Saints of the Orthodox Church.
St Paisios of Mt Athos slept in the Lord on Saturday July 12, 1994. St Paisios’ life and teachings touched the life of thousands of people around the world and continues to do so to this day. In 1977, upon the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, St Paisios visited Australia. During his stay in Australia he also visited our monastery. Since that visit on many occasions he expressed his paternal love, ongoing spiritual advice, support and other gestures of love including the gifting of several relics of Saints, in particular St Arsenios of Cappadocia, and later in the 1980’s personally gave the relics of St Euphemia, St Theodore the Studite and several other relics and religious items.
We have included below a photo taken of him on this visit.
God is wondrous among His Saints! May we have his blessing!
We provide below the official announcement from the Patriarchate:
The Holy and Sacred Synod convened today, Tuesday, January 13, 2015, with His All-Holiness presiding for its regular monthly meeting, for the purpose of examining various items on its agenda.
During this session, the Holy and Sacred Synod:
*A) unanimously accepted the proposal of the Canonical Committee to incorporate the monk Paisios of Mt. Athos into the registry of the Saints of the Orthodox Church; and;
*B) at the proposal of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, unanimously elected Archimandrite Irenaios Avramides of the Metropolis of France as its new Auxiliary Bishop to serve under His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France with the title Bishop of Rhegion.
At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 13th of January, 2015
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod