Book of Saints – Onuphrius

painting of Saint Onophrius; 1637 by Jusepe de Riberta; The Hermitage, Sanit Petersburg, RussiaArticle

(Humphrey) (Saint) (12 June) Hermit. (4th century) A famous Egyptian Solitary who lived alone for sixty years in the Desert of the Thebais (Upper Egypt). Saint Paphnutius, another celebrated Solitary, has left us a detailed and graphic account of a visit he paid to Saint Humphrey. He relates too how he assisted at the Saint‘s holy death and reverently interred his remains. This event must have happened late in the fourth or early in the fifth century.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Onuphrius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 May 2016. Web. 27 October 2016. <>