Book of Saints – Paul the First

detail from an illustration of Saint Paul the Hermit; design by Abraham Bloemaert, engraving by Boetius à Bolswert, 1619; from the book 'Sylva anachoretica Aegypti et Palaestinae', University Library, Nijmegen, Netherlands; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for image sourceArticle

hermit (Saint) (January 10) (4th century) The Life of this Saint, written by Saint Jerome, tells us that he was an Egyptian of good birth and well educated. Still a youth, he fled into the desert country about Thebes to escape the persecution then raging. Delighted and helped by solitude he persevered in the Eremitical life even after the Peace of the Church, and is said to have passed ninety years in the Desert, where he died A.D. 342, comforted at the end by a visit from Saint Antony, the Father of Monks.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Paul the First”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 September 2016. Web. 29 July 2021. <>