St. Stephen of Pechersk, bishop of Volodymyr-Volynsky
On 10 May the Church remembers St. Stephen, hegumen of Pechersk, bishop Volodymyr-Volynsky.
St. Stephen was born in XI century in God-loving and faithful family. After his parents died he distributed his property to a poor and was tonsured in Kyiv-Pechersk monastery. Since his youth Stephen was the favorite pupil of St. Venerable Theodosius. In the monastery Stephen had an obedience of senior chorister – singing and reading keeper in a church.
After St. Theodosius repose Stephen was elected to be Father Superior of the monastery, and he carefully followed for his mentor’s instructions.
During his superiority The Great Cathedral of Dormition was finished.
St. Stephen was banished of monastic community because of devil’s temptations. He humbly accepted unjust offences and founded the monastery of Mother of God on Klov river, not far away of Pechersk monastery.
In 1091 hegumen Stephen was ordained to a bishop and assigned to Volodymyr-Volynsky.
The Hierarch took part in translation of the relics of St. Theodosius to the main church of Pechersk cloister.
St. Stephen carried his archpastoral ministry for three years. All the time he was the example of humbleness and kindness for God’s people. He made a great contribution for enlightening people of Volyn by the light of Words of Christ.
St. Stephen reposed in 1094.