Saint Marcian of Chalcis

Also known as

  • Marcianus
  • Martianus
  • Markianos



Born to the nobility. Soldier, commander and member of the imperial court. He abandoned the worldly life to become a desert hermit at Chalcis near Antioch. His reputation for holiness attracted so many students that he founded a monastery for them. Miracle worker; when he wished to read at night, a light from heaven would shine down on him.


  • Cyrrhus, Syria


  • c.387 of natural causes
  • buried in secret by his own request
  • his tomb was re-discovered about 50 years later and became a place of pilgrimage


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Marcian of Chalcis“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 August 2020. Web. 19 June 2021. <>