Ascetics & martyrs

This list may seem overwhelming. Just calm down and relax! Memorise this “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once” and live by it. Make reading a regular habit. You don’t need to read everything all at one go. Be patient! Orthodox education is a life-long process!


  • This list contains online articles and short pdfs (< 10 pages). Longer pdfs and books are found in my book recommendations section. Everything below is arranged according to alphabetical order.
  • My Ascetics & martyrs excel tracker. It includes many many modern day ascetics and some living who are reputed to be holy/saintly.
  • You can find a lot of images and icons of Coptic and Eastern Orthodox modern and ancient saints here.




St Mary


Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian, Serbian)


St John of Kronsadt (1908)


St Nektarios of Aegina (1920)




Arabic facebook pages about recent/living saints & martrys

They undoubtedly post short stories about the virtues of these saints/martyrs when they were alive and also reported miracles that happen after their death. I need to learn arabic!


Tunt Samira Doherty of California (2015)


Bishop Mina St Mina (1996)


Mother Erini (2006)


Fr Pishoy Kamel (1979)


St Abraam the Bishop of Fayoum (1914)


St Kyrillos VI (1971)





Irish Orthodox