St. John of Lycopolis

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/27

Also known as
    Johannes av Egypt
    John of Egypt
    John of the Theibaid
    John the Egyptian
    Prophet of the Thebaid

    27 March

    Carpenter. Hermit on a mountain near Lycopolis from ages 25 to 65, living most of his life in a small, walled-up cell. Devoted himself to prayer and meditation five days a week, spiritual direction of male students the other two days; there were so many, he had to build a hospice for them. His reputation for wisdom and holiness caused him to be chosen as advisor to Emperor Theodosius. Gifts of prophecy, healing, and knowledge of the hidden sins of his visitors. Known and admired by Saint Jerome, Saint Augustine, Saint Cassia, and Saint Palladius.

    c.305 at Assiut, Egypt

    394 of natural causes

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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