Saint Ammon the Great

Saint Ammon the AnchoriteAlso known as

  • Ammon the Anchorite
  • Ammonius…
  • Amun…



Wealthy, married layman. He and his wife lived as brother and sister for 18 years, then each entered religious life. Ammon was one of the earliest and greatest desert monks, living in a cell on Mount Nitria. His reputation for holiness spread, and he attracted over 4,000 spiritual students. Known for his extraordinary fasts, he ate only once every three or four days.



  • c.348 in Scetis, Egypt of natural causes
  • a brother monk named Anthony saw Ammon’s soul ascend to heaven from his own cell, 13 miles away



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ammon the Great“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 June 2017. Web. 26 February 2018. <>