Yoakim Karchovski

Yoakim Karchovski (Bulgarian: Йоаким Кърчовски; Macedonian: Јоаким Крчовски c. 1750 - c. 1820), also known as Hadži Joakim, was a cleric, writer and one of the early figures of the Bulgarian National Revival.[1][2][3] In his writings, he self identified as a Bulgarian and called his language Bulgarian.[4] He is considered an ethnic Macedonian in North Macedonia.[5] In May 2022 he was canonized by the Macedonian Orthodox Church as a saint.[6]

Yoakim Karchovski
Йоаким Кърчовски
Јоаким Крчовски
Bornc. 1750
Diedc. 1820
OccupationCleric, monk and writer


Karchovski was born around 1750. birthplace is unknown, although multiple theories exist.[5] Not much is known about his life. Karchovski was most likely educated in Constantinople.

In 1787 he began working as a priest. During most of his life he served in Kriva Palanka and the surrounding villages. He also worked in Kratovo, Debar, Štip, Samokov, Melnik and Kyustendil.

He had 3 children. In around 1807 Karchovski became a monk. In 1814 he became a pilgrim and teacher and in 1819 he became a hieromonk. He died around 1820.


Cover of "Some edifyingly advices"
Cover of "The Wonders of the Holy Virgin"

Karchovski authored 5 works printed in Buda:[5][1]

  • Lecture spoken because of dying (Слово исказаное заради умирание; 1814)
  • Story about the terrible and second coming of Christ (Повест ради страшнаго и втораго пришествия Христова; 1814)
  • This book called suffering (Сия книга глаголемаа митарства; 1817)
  • The Wonders of the Holy Virgin (Чудеса пресвятия Богородици; 1817)
  • Some edifyingly advices (Различна поучителна наставления; 1819)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Becoming Bulgarian: the articulation of Bulgarian identity in the nineteenth century in its international context: an intellectual history, Ost-European studies, Janette Sampimon, Pegasus, 2006, ISBN 90-6143-311-8, p. 234.
  2. ^ Bechev, Dimitar (2009) Historical dictionary of the Republic of Macedonia; Scarecrow Press; p. 125, ISBN 0810855658
  3. ^ Biobibliographical handbook of Bulgarian authors, Mateja Matejić, Karen L. Black, Slavica Publishers, 1981, ISBN 0-89357-091-5, p. 25.
  4. ^ Георгиев, Емил.Люлка на старата и новата българска писменост. (Държавно издателство Народна просвета, София 1980)
  5. ^ a b c Koneski, Blaže (1973). За Јоаким Крчовски и неговите книги (in Macedonian).
  6. ^ "Канонизација на игуменот Јоаким Крчовски за светител". Радио Слободна Европа (in Macedonian). Retrieved 2022-10-24.