Sergius of Radonezh, St

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Sergius of Radonezh, St ( Sergii of Radonezh, St) (c.1314–92). Russian monastic reformer. Born at Rostov, as a boy he fled with his family to Radonezh near Moscow, where he founded with his brother the monastery of the Holy Trinity (and afterwards many others), thus reviving monasticism which had collapsed during the Tatar aggression. He was a great influence for peace, supporting Prince Dmitri in resisting the Tatars, thereby saving Russia. In 1378 he refused to become metropolitan of Moscow. He is regarded as one of the founders of Russia and the greatest of Russian saints. Feast day, 25 Sept.