Charitina of Lithuania

Charitina of Lithuania (died 1281) is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Her feast is on 5 October. Because her hagiography did not survive, very little is known about her life.[1]

Charitina was a noblewoman from the pagan Grand Duchy of Lithuania who became a nun in Novgorod.[2] Possibly she was arranged to marry a Prince of Novgorod,[3] but that could be a conflation of Charitina with Euphrosyne of Suzdal [ru] who was betrothed to Fyodor, eldest son of Yaroslav II of Vladimir. In Novgorod, unmarried Charitina entered the Monastery of Saints Peter and Paul.[3] There she earned the reputation of piousness and became an abbess.[3] In 2009, Lithuanian historian Algimantas Bučys raised a hypothesis that she might be a daughter of Tautvilas, who escaped to Novgorod after her father's murder by Treniota.[2]


  1. ^ Kutkaitytė, Monika (2009-10-11). "Istoriniai tyrinėjimai leido atrasti naują pradžią" (in Lithuanian). via Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  2. ^ a b Girdzijauskas, Vytautas (2010-01-29). "Vis dar vienišas" (in Lithuanian). Šiaurės Atėnai. Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  3. ^ a b c Walsh, Michael (2007). A New Dictionary of Saints: East and West. Liturgical Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-8146-3186-7.