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!



  • Biblical
  • Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian, Serbian)
  • Coptic
  • Irish



  • This list contains online articles and short pdfs. Longer PDFs and books are found in my book recommendations section.
  • My Ascetics & martyrs excel tracker. It includes many recently reposed ascetics and some living ones.
  • You can find a lot of images and icons of recent and living saints here.




St Mary


Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian, Serbian)


St John of Kronsadt (1908)


St Nektarios of Aegina (1920)





Follow Orthodoxsaintstories on instagram. The admin is a 22 yr old zealous Coptic youth who ardently loves the Coptic Church and her saints. He learned arabic just so he can read arabic spiritual writings. He translated many profound stories of contemporary Coptic saints. He is also related to the saintly retired Bishop Ammonious of Luxor, who lives as a solitary monk in St Bishoy’s monastery, Wadi El Natroun, Egypt.


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)


Mother Erini (2006)


Fr Pishoy Kamel (1979)


St Abraam the Bishop of Fayoum (1914)


St Kyrillos VI (1971)




More good resources for Coptic saints are found here