Saint Theoctiste of Lesbos

Also known as

  • Theoctiste of Paros
  • Theoclistes of…



Orphaned as a child, Theoctiste was raised in a convent. Kidnapped by Arab raiders and forced into slavery on Paros island. She escaped and lived for for over 30 years as a hermitess in an old church. She was discovered one day by a hunter named Simon; she begged him to bring her Communion when he could. He returned a year later, she made her first Communion in decades, and died soon after.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Theoctiste of Lesbos“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 November 2016. Web. 8 December 2021. <>