Saint John the Georgian
- Also known as
John the Iberian
John the Hagiorite
- 12 July
- Tenth century Iberian nobility.
Married layman, and outstanding military commander.
Father of Saint Euthymius the Illuminator.
With his wife's approval, he became a monk on Mount Olympus in Bithynia.
Travelled to Constantinople to his son, who was being held hostage by the emperor.
Euthymius then joined his father as a monk.
Their holiness attracted would-be followers, so they retired to the monastery of Saint Athanasius on Mount Athos in Macedonia.
With John's brother-in-law, retired general John Thornikos, John and Euthymius, he founded Iviron (Iweron) monastery on Mount Athos; Saint John served as its first abbot.
The monastery is still in use, though now by Greek Orthodox monks.
- at Georgia near the Black Sea
- c.1002 at Mount Athos
- Name Meaning
- God is gracious; gift of God (John)
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