One of the most important confessor fathers in Orthodoxy, Father Arsenie Papacioc (August 15, 1914 – July 19, 2011), reposed in the Lord today, July 19, 2011, aged 97. He was the spiritual father at St. Mary’s Monastery in Techirghiol (Romania). For the past 35 years, it was there that believers would find Archimandrite Arsenie Papacioc.
Fr. Arsenie had been ill for some time and died a little before noon, in his monastery cell. Theologians say that Father Arsenie was a man a peace and a pastor of joy.
“- When they descend your casket into your tomb, if you could speak at that final moment, when you enter the darkness of the tomb… I lived that moment – in a dream or whatever it was; and as I was going down, I said:
How good it is if you can leave something behind you!” – Fr. Arsenie Papacioc
“Fr. Arsenie left behind him an example of wisdom that is not aggressive, which does not speak about itself, but heals and tends to wounds; a type of wisdom that comes from another world“. – Mihail Neamtu, Theologian
Fr. Arsenie Papacioc has gone to heaven, to meet with Jesus Christ, about Whom he would talk to children during the civic education classes that he taught during the communist times.
Fr. Arsenie upset the regime for having shared Christian faith to the little ones.
Followed by the Security, Fr. Arsenie hid among monks for a while. Yet he was eventually arrested and taken to Suceava and held up for investigations for 90 days, during which time he was beaten and tortured.
After heavy years of imprisonment in several communist prisons and forced labour camps, he was released and allowed to serve at St. Mary’s («Sfânta Maria») Monastery in Techirghiol, which he did, from 1976 to the present.
“This pains me very much… He would fill our hearts with joy, every time… and it was like we did not feel our pains and problems, any more.”
“I think he will be declared a Saint.”
“He already is a Saint, before God. All we need now is to canonize him, down here.”
“A humble person can make the stars move.” – Fr. Arsenie PAPACIOC