St. Simon of Pechersk, bishop of Vladimir and Suzdal
23 May is Remembrance Day of St. Simon of Pechersk, bishop of Vladimir and Suzdal.
He lived in XII-XIII centuries. He became novice in Kiev-Pechersk monastery and later was tonsured to a monk. Later he was ordained to a bishop and became the first bishop of neogenic Diocese of Vladimir and Suzdal (1215). On the place of his ministry the St. Simon zealously took care about the flock, entrusted to him from God, and continued with his monastic exploits.
He was tonsured to a Great Schema after he had been being the bishop of Suzdal for twenty years.
Annalistic sources mention about St. Simon’s virtues, such as mercy and teaching. Besides in monastic life he tried to follow an example of St. Venerable Theodosius of Pechersk.
St. Simon has created a few written works. There are eight tales about eight monks of Pechersk particularly. Those works has a historical value because they contain details about life of Sts. Venerable Fathers. St. Simon reposed in 1226. According to his last will his body was buried in Near Caves of Lavra.