• 10 Jun 19

Jun 10 - “St. Daniel of Achinsk” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Happy Feast Day St. Daniel!

St. Daniel was a poor Cossack from the Ukraine who fought in the War of 1812. He became an army officer when he returned from Paris. He also began reading spiritual books. He abandoned his military career because of his desire to become a monk, and was punished with a sentence of hard labor in Siberia. The governor in Siberia freed him when he recognized Daniel’s devoutly Christian character.

Daniel settled in Achinsk, near Krasnoyarsk. He wore chains, fasted strictly, and lived in solitude. In time he attained the gift of clairvoyance and achieved fame as a lay elder. He was canonized in 1984.