Joseph of Vatopedi

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Elder Joseph of Vatopedi

Elder Joseph of Vatopedi (gr: Ιωσήφ ο Βατοπαιδινός; 1921-2009) a disciple of Saint Joseph the Hesychast, and was a noted monastic of twentieth century Mount Athos. He has been regarded as one of the few remaining true Athonite elders before his repose.

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The Elder was born on July 1, 1921. He came to Mount Athos in 1946 from Cyprus, to the Skete of St. Anne where he joined Elder Joseph the Hesychast. As a member of the Brotherhood of the Elder Joseph the Hesychast, Joseph of Vatopedi lived at the cell of the Annunciation at New Skete and served at the Brotherhood's Church of the Sacred Forerunner John the Baptist.

Elder Joseph of Vatopedi remained at the skete after the reposed of Elder Joseph the Hesychast in 1959. Though he was the Elder of his Brotherhood, he did not consider himself above everyone and worked just as hard as they did. Elder Joseph remained at the skete until 1987. After Pascha, he moved to the Monastery of Vatopaidi where he remained until his repose on July 1, 2009.

Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi noted Elder Joseph of Vatopedi as a man of God whose mind was so fortified in God that he did not speak about anything which is of this world.[1]