Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In Memoriam: Fr. Arsenie (Papacioc)

Romanian Orthodox confessor Archimandrite Arsenie (Papacioc) fell asleep this morning at the monastery in Romania where he resided at the age of ninety-seven. Born in 1914, Fr. Arsenie undertook tertiary studies in Bucharest before embracing the monastic life in the 1940s and being tonsured a monk in 1950, later that same year being ordained to the priesthood.

In 1958 Fr. Arsenie was arrested by the Communist authorities and imprisoned for six years in several jails. After his release the confessor served in Transylvania for over a decade before, in 1976, becoming the spiritual father for St. Mary's Monastery in Techirghiol, Romania, where he reposed. May Fr. Arsenie's memory be eternal! More (in Romanian) here.

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