Saint John Calabytes

Saint John CalabytesAlso known as

  • John Calabites
  • John Calibita
  • John Chalybita
  • John Kalabytes
  • John the Hut-Dweller



Born wealthy. Ran away from home as a child, and became a monk at Gomon on the Bosphorus at age 12. When he finally returned home as a beggar at age 18, his family did not recognize him. However, the did recognized that he was a holy man, and the family allowed him to live as a hermit in a small hut (a calybe in Greek) near their front door. Only on his death were they were informed of his real identity. His story has led to his being a symbol of homelessness, and how we may not recognize the humanity in the poor and homeless in our midst.



  • c.450 of natural causes


  • beggar with a Gospel in his hand
  • beggar revealing his identity to his parents on his death bed
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint John Calabytes“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 January 2013. Web. 28 November 2015. <>