St. Macarius of Egypt

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/15

Also known as
    Macarius the Elder
    Macarius the Great
    Makarios the Great

    15 January

    Shepherd in the desert region of Skete. Falsley accused of assaulting a woman, but was acquitted. Hermit. Spiritual student of Saint Anthony the Abbot. Founder of a monastic community in Skete. Ordained at age 40. His sanctity drew followers, and his desert community numbered thousands at his death. Fought Arianism, and was exiled for it. Several Libyan desert monasteries still bear the name of Macarius.

    c.300 at Upper Egypt

    390 of natural causes

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