St. Joseph the Confessor of Maramures
Commemorated on April 24
Saint Josephwas born in the seventeenth century, and was consecrated as a bishop inMoldavia(northernRomaniain 1690 by Metropolitan Dositheus. This was a period of great trials and sufferings for the people of Maramures (in northernRomania) because the Roman Catholic authorities wanted to wipe out Orthodoxy in the region.
St Josephwas a zealous defender of the Orthodox Faith, and therefore he was jailed by the civil authorities. He died in 1711 after suffering for the truth and defending his flock.
St Joseph the Confessor was glorified by the Orthodox Church of Romania in 1992.