Many people in India were converted by Thomas the Apostle. Astrologers foretold that the son of King Abenner would one day become a Christian. To prevent this, Abenner began persecuting the Church, and had his son placed under house arrest. In spite of these precautions, Barlaam, a hermit of Senaar, met him, and converted him to the Faith. Abenner tried to pervert Josaphat, but failed, and shared the government with him. Abenner himself later became a Christian, abdicated the throne, and became a hermit. Josaphat governed for a time, then abdicated, too. He travelled to the desert, found Barlaam, and spent his remaining years as a holy hermit. Years after their deaths, the bodies Josaphat and Barlaam were brought to India; their joint grave became renowned by miracles.
- with Saint Barlaam
- praying in a cave
- “Saint Josaphat“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 August 2012. Web. 30 May 2016. <>