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SAINT PORPHYRIOS OF KAVSOKALYVIA 10012. St Porphyrios, a monk, priest and modern-day Saint, was born in Evia, Greece, in 1906 to a poor family. Evangelos (the name he was given at birth) began work as a shepherd as a young boy and had very little formal education. He read the life of St John the Hut-dweller of Kavsokalyvia while minding the flocks. As a result, his life changed. When he was twelve, Evangelos made his way to Kavsokalyvia on Mount Athos. He began his ascetic life under the guidance of two elders at a hermitage of Kavsokalyvia, and was tonsured a monk. After seven years there, St Porphyrios became very ill and was forced to return to Evia. With the onset of World War II, he moved to Athens to be chaplain and spiritual father to patients at the Athens Polyclinic, the major hospital of the capital. He spent thirty-three years in that role, in the centre of busy Athens, following an ascetic, prayerful life! He was tirelessly devoted to those in suffering, and worked many miracles of healing. There are numerous recorded instances of how he used his gifts of foresight and spiritual discernment to guide people to God. He died on December 2nd, 1991, and was was canonised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople only recently in 2013. His life was completely defined by his great love for God:
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