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Saint Michael Maleinos, born in 894 in Charsianon, Cappadocia, was the long-awaited child of previously childless parents, a blessing attributed to an apparition of the Mother of God. As a descendant of distinguished generals and statesmen from the renowned Maleinos family, he held connections to the imperial family.
Saint Michael Maleinos, titled Spatharocandidatos in his childhood, had a promising career at the imperial court. However, while in Constantinople in 912 for Emperor Leon VI’s funeral, he felt an overwhelming urge to embrace the monastic life.
He fulfilled his calling by establishing the Kyminas Monastery on Mount Kyminas, now known as Uludağ.
In an unexpected turn, when Michael’s father passed away suddenly in 915, his once-opposed mother decided to join a monastery. Meanwhile, his sister married and gave birth to Nikephoros Phokas, the later famous general and emperor.
Saint Michael Maleinos lived a devoted spiritual life and peacefully passed away on July 12, 961. His remembrance day is celebrated annually on the same date. His story inspires choosing spiritual fulfillment over worldly success, showcasing the transformative power of religious dedication.