Saint Moses the Black

Saint Moses the BlackAlso known as

  • Moses the Ethiopian
  • Moses of Scete
  • Moses the Robber



Born into slavery to an Egyptian official’s family. An unruly thief, he was driven from the house and fell in with a band of robbers. On the run, he took refuge with hermits at the monastery of Petra in the desert of Skete, Egypt. He was converted and joined them as a monk. Priest. Possessed of supernatural gifts. A confirmed pacifist, he refused to defend himself with his monastery was attacked.



  • murdered 405 by Berbers at Petra, Skete, Egypt
  • relics at the Church of Al Adra (the Virgin)



MLA Citation

  • “Saint Moses the Black“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 November 2019. Web. 28 September 2021. <>