Sergei of Radonezh, Russian Monastic Reformer

25 September -- Commemoration
If celebrated as a Lesser Festival, Common of Teachers, page 473

Born in Rostov in 1314, Sergei founded, together with his brother Stephen, the famous monastery of the Holy Trinity, near Moscow, which re-established the community life that had been lost in Russia through the Tartar invasion. Sergei had great influence and stopped civil wars between Russian princes and inspired Prince Dimitri to resist another invasion from the Tartars in 1380. Two years before that, he had been elected Metropolitan but had refused the office. Altogether, he founded forty monasteries and is regarded as the greatest of the Russian saints and is patron of All Russia. He died on this day in 1392.