New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Paul, the First Hermit

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

Confessor; born Thebes, Egypt, 230; died 342. Escaping from the persecution of Decius, he took refuge in a mountain desert, where he lived in a cave for ninety years, in mortification and prayer; he was visited there by Saint Anthony. Patron of weavers. Relics at Budapest. Feast, Roman Calendar, 15 January.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Paul, the First Hermit”. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 October 2010. Web. 22 September 2021. <>