Barlaam of Khutyn

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Saint Barlaam
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Born Novgorod, Russia
Died 6 November 1192
Khutyn, Veliky Novgorod, Russia
Honored in

Roman Catholic Church

Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast 6 November (Roman Catholic Church)

Barlaam of Khutyn (Russian: Варлаам Хутынский), also known as Varlaam, was a hermit. Born Alexis Milchalevich to a wealthy family from Novgorod. After the death of his parents, he became a hermit on the Volga and handed all of his inheritance to the poor. At this time he had gained many followers. So great were their numbers that he founded a monastery, the Khutyn Monastery of Saviour's Transfiguration, and took the name of Barlaam (Varlaam). He died on 6 November 1192, his grave has become a site for pilgrimage.[1]

Varlaam is famous for healing the Grand Prince Vasily (from a family of Riazan boyars) when the last was visiting Novgorod. Later he became a patron of the Vologda city. He was also an accomplished painter, and painted several murals in the Gothic style in Novgorod, none of which survived destruction during the Second World War

References[edit]

  1. ^ St. Barlaam Catholic Online