Saint John of Constantinople

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Son of Saint Xenophon and Saint Mary of Constantinople; brother of Saint Arcadius. His family was part of the wealthy governing class of 5th century imperial Constantinople, but were known for their simple, Christian lives. While travelling to Beirut, Phoenicia with his brother to attend university, their ship was wrecked. Safely on shore, the brothers took the opportunity give over the long journey, and instead became monks, eventually living in a monastery in Jerusalem. They were there when their elderly parents came on pilgrimage, and the family was re-united; his parents stayed to live the monastic life themselves. A few years later, the entire family was martyred together.



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MLA Citation

  • “Saint John of Constantinople“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 January 2017. Web. 23 October 2020. <>