Saint Stephen of Piper (Syria)
20 May

Holy Father Stephen of Piperi was of the tribe of Nikw (sp?), from the village of Lupa (sp?), of poor and devout parents, Radoje and Yaima. To learn the ascetic life, he lived first in the monastery of Moraa, where he eventually became abbot. The Turks drove him out of there, and he settled in Rovaki Turmanj, in the place now called Celiste. After that, he moved again and settled to a cell at Piperi (Piper), where he remained to his death in toil and godly asceticism. He entered peacefully into rest in the Lord on 20 May 1697. His relics are preserved there, where his intercession continues to work many miracles.