Saint Peter of Mount Athos



First hermit on Mount Athos in 8th century Greece.

Legend says that he was a soldier captured by Muslims, but freed through the intercession of Saint Simeon. He made a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy and was given a monastic habit by the (unnamed) pope. Moved by a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he became a hermit for 50 years on Mount Athos, fighting off assaults of the devil and starting a tradition for other hermits to follow.


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Peter of Mount Athos“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 June 2015. Web. 24 October 2016. <>