New Catholic Dictionary – Saint John the Silent

Also known as

  • Saint Hesychastes; Saint Silentiarus


Confessor, Bishop of Colonia, Armenia, born Nicopolis, Armenia, 452; died near Jerusalem, 558. His life of mortification and self-denial continued even when he was Bishop of Colonia. His last days were spent in seclusion and perpetual silence in the desert near Jerusalem. Represented holding his finger to his lips, signifying his love of silence. Feast, 13 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint John the Silent”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 July 2013. Web. 7 March 2021. <>