St. Paul the Hermit

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/15

Patron Of: Clothing Industry, Weavers

Also known as
    Paul the First Hermit
    Paul of Thebes
    Paul the Anchorite

    15 January

    Grew up in an upperclass, Christian family. Well educated, fluent in Greek and Egyptian. His parents died when he was 15. When the persecution of Decius began a few years later, Paul fled into the desert to escape them, and the machinations of his brother Peter and the rest of his family who wanted his property. He lived as a desert hermit in a cave the remainder of his 113 year life, surviving off fruit and water, wearing leaves or nothing, spending his time in prayer; legend says a raven kept him supplied with bread. Late in life he came to know, and was buried by Saint Anthony the Abbott. His biography was written by Saint Jerome.

    c.230 at Lower Thebes, Egypt

    5 January 342 of natural causes
    grave reported to have been dug by desert lions near his cave who guarded the body
    buried by Saint Anthony the Abbot

    clothing industry

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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