Born a rich pagan, Dositheus spent a wild and worldly youth. During a visit to Jerusalem he was so impressed by Christians, by an horrific image of the torments of hell, and by the message of a woman he saw in a vision, he converted, and became a monk at Gaza. He was placed under the direction of Saint Dorotheus the Younger, who had a long and steady struggle to teach Dositheus discipline, and take him from his worldly ways. Dositheus learned, changed, and became known for his gentle and supportive ways with the sick. When he became too ill to care for other sick people, he prayed that God would relieve him of his life, and soon after, he died quietly in his sleep.
- “Saint Dositheus of Gaza“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 November 2016. Web. 17 January 2017. <>