Saint Arsenius the Great

detail from an icon of Saint Arsenius at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, Massachusetts, USAAlso known as

  • Arsenius the Roman
  • Arsenius the Deacon



Born to a wealthy Roman noble family. Deacon. Tutor to the sons of Emperor Theodosius the Great c.383. About 395 he left to live with the monks of Alexandria, Egypt. After the emperor’s death, Arsenius retired to the wilderness of Scetis, and became a student of Saint John the Short. Hermit, noted for his great austerity


  • 354 in the Roman Empire


  • c.449 at Troë near Memphis, Egypt of natural causes


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Arsenius the Great“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 July 2015. Web. 30 November 2015. <>