(Saint) Abbot (May 14) (4th century) One of the most celebrated of the “Fathers of the Desert.” He was a hermit in the Thebaid (Upper Egypt) from soon after his conversion to Christianity, and there became a disciple of the Abbot Palaemon. Saint Pachomius founded several monasteries governed by a very austere Rule, which he himself had compiled. He seems to have been the first to group Religious Houses subject to one Rule under the jurisdiction of a Father General or Head Abbot. At the time of his holy death (A.D. 348) seven thousand monks were in this manner governed by him.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Pachomius”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 May 2016. Web. 3 December 2016. <>