St. Sava (Sabas)
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Sava, also called Sabas, became a monk at the young age of 17. With the help of his father, he established a monastery in Greece in order to train Serbian monks.
He earned a reputation for his kind and gentle, yet thorough, way of teaching. When Sava returned home to Serbia to try to settle a dispute between his brothers, he found that his homeland was practicing a combination of Christianity and paganism. There were few clergy members in the area who had received strong religious training, so Sava enlisted the monks of his own monastery to train the Serbian monks and to create several new monasteries.
Because of his work, Sava rose to the positions of bishop and archbishop. He is the patron saint of Serbia because he brought religious reform to the region and trained and appointed Serbian monks to work in their own country.
Before he died in 1235 he made two pilgrimages to the Holy Land. We remember him on Jan. 14.