Saint John of Lycopolis

Saint John of Egypt by Jan Sadeler, image courtesy of the Digital Image Archive, Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory UniversityAlso known as

  • Johannes av Egypt
  • John of Egypt
  • John of the Theibaid
  • John the Anchorite
  • John the Clairvoyant
  • John the Egyptian
  • John the Hermit
  • Prophet of the Thebaid



Carpenter. Hermit on a mountain near Lycopolis from ages 25 to 65, living most of his life in a small, walled-up cell. Devoted himself to prayer and meditation five days a week, spiritual direction of male students the other two days; there were so many, he had to build a hospice for them. His reputation for wisdom and holiness caused him to be chosen as advisor to Emperor Theodosius. Had the gifts of prophecy, healing, and knowledge of the hidden sins of his visitors. Known and admired by Saint Jerome, Saint Augustine of Hippo, Saint Cassia, and Saint Palladius.



  • 394 of natural causes


MLA Citation

  • “Saint John of Lycopolis“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 April 2021. Web. 29 November 2021. <>