Venerable Theophilus the Recluse of the Kiev Near Caves

Saint Theophilus (12th-13th century), Arethas (12th century), and Sisoes (13th century), were hermits of the Near Caves in Kiev. They struggled at the Kiev Caves monastery and were buried in the Near Caves.

St Theophilus, in the general service to the Fathers of the Kiev Caves, is called “resplendant in miracles.”

The general commemoration of all the Fathers of the Near Caves takes place on September 28 and on the second Sunday of Great Lent.