Raised in a pious family during the time of the Great Schism; Anthony’s loyalties lay with the Orthodox Church. He gave away his goods, and became a hermit monk. Lived on a rock surrounded by the sea for fourteen months. The rock then broke loose and floated across the waters to Novgorod in Rus. Archbishop Nikita welcomed Anthony as a holy man, and helped him build a church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anthony attracted students, a monastery grew up around the church, and Anthony served as its abbot. Miracle worker.