New Catholic Dictionary – Saint John Climacus

detail of a painting of monks of the Ladder of Divine Ascent as described in the vision of Saint John Climacus, the 30 rungs symbolizing Saint John's 30 virtues; latter 12th century, artist unknown; Saint Catherine's Monastery, Sinai, Egypt; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Confessor, abbot, born Syria, c.525; died on Mount Sinai, 605. The name Climacus was given to him from the title of his book “The Ladder (Climax) of Paradise,” but he is also known as Scholasticus, or the Sinaita. He lived for many years as a solitary at the foot of Mount Sinai, and in 600 acceded to the request of the monks on Sinai to rule them as abbot, resigning this charge after four years. Emblem: a ladder. Feast, 30 March.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint John Climacus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 August 2018. Web. 23 February 2019. <>