9th January 9th January - Saint Philip of Moscow - Saint Philip of Moscow - Independent Catholic News
9th January - Saint Philip of Moscow - Independent Catholic News: Bishop, monk and martyr. Born in Moscow in 1507, Theodore Kolyshov was a wealthy nobleman, who probably saw active military service in his youth. At the age of 30 he joined the monastery of Solovetsk on the White Sea, and took the name of Philip. He became abbot there in 1547. Saint Philip became a distinguished religious superior. He was also a fine engineer and devised a new system of drainage and irrigation for the monastic lands.