Blessed Özséb of Esztergom

Blessed Özséb of EsztergomAlso known as

  • Esztergomi Boldog Özséb
  • Euzebiusz z Ostrzyhomia
  • Eusebius von Gran
  • Eusebius of Esztergom



Born to the wealthy Hungarian nobility. As a child he was noted as an excellent student and for his faith, preferring to spend his time in prayer and contemplation in his youth. After studying at the Esztergom Seminary, he was ordained a priest in the diocese of Esztergom, Hungary. Canon of the cathedral chapter of Strigonio (part of modern Estergom), he gave away all his pay, stipends and wealth to the poor. He is known to have written several books on canon law, but none have survived.

In 1246, Father Özséb retired to live as a prayerful hermit in the mountains of Pilis. His reputation for holiness and wisdom spread, and he attracted several would-be spiritual students. In 1250 he built a monastery and church for these people, and founded the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit (Hermits of the Holy Cross) to give them a rule for their lives.





MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Özséb of Esztergom“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 June 2021. Web. 8 December 2021. <>