Pachomios of Chios
In 1840, Panagiotis Arellas was born in the village of Elatia on the Island of Chios in the Aegean Sea. A seventeen year old young man from a farming family, he traveled to Constantinople to work. There, he became involved in an incident that resulted in his imprisonment in a Turkish prison that was virtually a death sentence, especially for a Christian. Panagiotis' deep religious faith and subsequent miraculous events in his life resulted in his gaining his freedom after which he traveled to the Holy Land.
In the Holy Land, Panagiotis entered the Holy Monastery of St. Savas where he was tonsured a monk with the name Pachomios, after the great desert ascetic Pachomio. He was twenty-two years old. He returned to Chios in 1865 and founded the Monastery of the Holy Fathers on the site of an earlier monastic community of ascetics.
Through the years, the Elder Pachomios served as an inspiration to the brethren of the monastery. Two of his disciples would themselves followed the example of their Elder and win glorification as saints: Ss. Anthimus of Chios and Nectarios of Aegina.
The Elder Pachomios fell asleep in the Lord on October 14, 1905.