St Pachomius the Great – May 15 I The Hermit, Founder of Coenobitic Monasticism

St. Pachomius, the Great, venerable hermit father, was an early Egyptian ascetic, both a desert Father and a founder of coenobitic monasticism in Egypt. He was born in Thebes (Upper Thebaid), Egypt around A.D. 290, to pagan parents. His name, in his native Coptic, Pachom, means ‘eagle’. He received an excellent secular education, had a good character, Read more…

Mar Isaac of Nineveh – Jan 28 I Abba Isaac, Anchorite, Bishop, Theologian Monk

St Isaac of Nineveh, also known as Isaac the Syrian (Ishaq an-Naynuwī), is a 7th century saint known for his strict asceticism and ascetic writings. St Isaac was an anchorite, bishop, theologian monk, born in AD 613, is also remembered as Abba Isaac, Isaac Syrus and Isaac of Qatar. His place of birth is ambiguous, though some sources attribute Read more…