- Zozimus of Syracuse
Son of wealthy land owners. Dedicated to Saint Lucy of Syracuse. Entered the monastery of Saint Lucy near Syracuse, Sicily at age seven. At one point as a child, he was unable to bear the quiet of the monastery and the tedium of his chores, and he ran away. His family sent him back to the monastery. There he had a vision of Saint Lucy who seemed angry. In the vision, Our Lady appeared, calmed Lucy, and welcomed the boy back to the monastery.
Zosimus studied under Saint Faustus of Syracuse. Monk for thirty years. During one meeting to choose an abbot, Zozimus was left behind to watch the door and guard the church’s relics; the bishop decided this was a man humble enough to be trusted with the task, and made Zozimus abbot. Priest. Chosen the unwilling bishop of Syracuse in 649. Noted for his charity to the poor and his work to educate his parishioners.
- 660 of natural causes
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Catholic Online
- Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Saint Zosimus of Syracuse“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 March 2009. Web. 30 November 2015. <>