Ukrainian monk and spiritual writer. In 1746 he became a monk on Mt. Athos, where he attracted other Slavs and Romanians; his community grew so large that he transferred it to Moldavia. At Dragomirna, and later at Neamţ, he organized a huge monastery modelled on the life on Mt. Athos. Through his writings and training of disciples, he started a spiritual revival which continued the Hesychast tradition and is still of influence in the E. Orthodox world. Feast day, 15 Nov.