SAINT ALEXANDER, PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA 9065 St. Alexander was born in nobility in Pereslavl-Zalessky, northern Russia. He was called at 16 to rule in Novgorod as prince and military chief. His success in battle was such that he was later named Prince of Vladimir and continued to rule in strength. In 1262 St. Alexander went to Sarai to avoid an impending general insurrection, which would have caused devastation in Russia. He died as a monk in 1263.