Posts Tagged ‘hermit’

St. ApolloFeastday: January 25

Died: 395

From catholic.org
Saint Apollo was an Egyptian hermit, founder, and miracle worker. He was born in Egypt and spent forty years in the desert region around Thebes.

He then established a community of monks in Hermopol, Egypt, ultimately numbering five hundred, and became their abbot.

Saint Apollo was eighty years old when he made this foundation. He was noted for his miracles.


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Feastday: December 29

Died: 706

St. Ebrulf also called Ebrulfus and Evroult was born in 626, in Bayeux, Normandy, France. He was a courtier to King Childebert III. He and his wife separated, each entering a religious house.

He went to Deux Jumeaux Abbey at Bayeux. As a hermit in Ouche Forest in Normandy, he attracted so many followers that he had to found a monastery there.

A legend states that he converted a robber to Christianity when the robber visited the rough settlement that Ebrulf had built. This settlement became the abbey of Saint-Evroul. He founded other monastic houses, fifteen in total, all of which placed emphasis on manual labor both as a spiritual and economic exercise.

His feastday is celebrated on December 29.

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St. Paul of LatrosFeastday: December 15

Died: 956

From catholic.org

Saint Paul was born at Pergamos, near Smyrna, in Asia Minor. He was the son of an officer in the Byzantine army. His father was killed in battle, and after his mother died, he became a monk in a community on Mt. Olympus in Greece, with his brother, Basil.

Saint Paul later left the monastery and became a hermit on Mount Latros in Bithynia, Asia Minor. Soon he attracted followers, and Paul was compelled to organize them into a community.

After twelve years, Paul departed Mount Latros and settled on the island of Samos to live in a cave. More followers gathered around him and Paul oversaw the creation of several more communities before returning to Latros, where he died after years of prayer and mortifications.

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St. PatapiusFeastday: December 8

Died: 4th century

Not much is known about Saint Patapius. He was hermit in the foruth century.
He was originally from Egypt but journeyed to Constantinople where he lived as a hermit.

Patapius is especially revered in the Eastern Churches.

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St. InigoFeastday: June 1

Died: 1057

Saint Inigo, also known as Eneco was born in the eleventh century, in Bilbao, Spain. Early in his life he became a hermit. Next he went to Aragon where he became a monk at San Juan de Pena and eventually he was elected Prior.

When his term was completed, Inigo again took up the life of a hermit in the Aragon mountains. However, in 1029, King Sancho the Great convinced Inigo to become Abbot of a group of monks in a monastery at Ona. The monastery, founded by Sancho’s father-in-law, was in need of reform, and he wanted Inigo to lead the process.

Inigo was very successful in the reform movement, and he developed a reputation as a peacemaker. Moreover, some attributed miracles to his intercession.

He died at Ona on June 1, 1057, and was canonized by Pope Alexander IV in 1259.

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St. Alexander AkimetesFeastday: February 23

Died: 403

Saint Alexander Akimetes was a monk, hermit and founder of religious houses. He was born in Asia Minor and studied in Constantinople. There he became a convert to Christianity and began a life of retreat and prayer.

Saint Alexander remained a hermit for eleven years in Syria and then started missionary work. He founded a monastery in Mesopotamia and another one in Constantinople.

He visited Antioch but found opposition there, which forced him to leave Constantinople and go to Gomon, where he founded a monastery.

Alexander is believed to have converted Rabulas, who became the bishop of Edessa. Alexander is also credited with initiating the liturgical service in which his four-hundred monks sang the Divine Office continuously day and night.

He died in Gomon.His feast day is June 17 in the Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic Churches.

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St. AltoFeastday: February 9

Died: 760

Very little is known about Saint Alto. He was a hermit and a missionary. It is believed that he was an Irishman who lived in Augsburg, Germany.

He lived in a small hut in the wilderness and soon was known for his holiness and austerity. Word of his good works reached King Pepin, who gave him a parcel of land near Altmunster, in modern Friesling Diocese in Bavaria. Saint Alto then used the land to build an abbey.

St. Boniface came in 750 to dedicate the abbey church. The monastery was ravaged but was restored in 1000 and made a Benedictine house.The Brigittines took it over in the fifteenth century.

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