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Saint Callinicus of Cernica

About Saint Callinicus

Saint Callinicus of Cernica, a luminary of Romanian Orthodoxy, is celebrated for his profound spiritual depth, unwavering commitment to the Church, and compassionate deeds. Born in Bucharest in the 18th century, he embraced monastic life at a young age, later leading the Cernica Monastery to spiritual and physical prosperity. Revered for his charitable endeavors, wise counsel, and ascetic discipline, Saint Callinicus remains a beacon of dedication and humility in the annals of Orthodox Christianity.

Feast Day

April 11

Birth Place

Bucharest, Romania


October 7, 1787


April 11, 1868
Saint Callinicus of Cernica

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

A luminary of Romanian Orthodoxy, Saint Callinicus of Cernica is revered for his profound spirituality, ascetic discipline, and his unwavering dedication to the Church. His life serves as a beacon for all, showcasing the transformative power of faith and devotion.

Saint Callinicus was born in the early 18th century in Bucharest, into a devout Christian family. From his earliest years, he was drawn to the teachings of the Church, showing a unique spiritual inclination.


Ecclesiastical Career

Feeling the divine call, Saint Callinicus entered monastic life at a young age. He joined the Căldărușani Monastery, where he immersed himself in prayer, fasting, and ascetic practices. Recognizing his dedication and spiritual prowess, he was later consecrated as a bishop for Râmnic, a role he accepted with humility.

Perhaps the most defining period of his life was his tenure at Cernica Monastery. Under his guidance and leadership, the monastery flourished both spiritually and physically. He undertook significant renovations and ensured that the monastery became a center for spiritual learning and devotion.

Beyond the confines of the monastery, Saint Callinicus was known for his charitable deeds. He established alms houses, helped the poor, and was always ready to offer spiritual counsel to those in need.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

Saint Callinicus reposed in the Lord in 1868, leaving behind a legacy of deep spirituality and service. Recognizing his immense contributions and the miracles attributed to him posthumously, the Romanian Orthodox Church canonized him in 1950, making him the first saint to be canonized by the church.



Today, Saint Callinicus of Cernica remains an enduring symbol of dedication, humility, and spiritual leadership. His teachings and life serve as a guide for many seeking the path of righteousness.

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Where are the relics of Saint Callinicus of Cernica

The relics of Saint Callinicus of Cernica, a revered figure in Romanian Orthodoxy, are located in Romania. Specifically, they are enshrined at the Cernica Monastery, situated near Bucharest. Saint Callinicus served as the abbot of this monastery and played a significant role in its development. Due to his spiritual leadership, guidance, and the many miracles attributed to him, he was canonized as a saint by the Romanian Orthodox Church. Today, the Cernica Monastery remains an important pilgrimage site, with many faithful visiting to venerate the relics of Saint Callinicus and seek his intercessions.

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