Saints of the Day – Peter of Sebastea, Bishop


Born in Caesarea, Cappadocia, c.340; died in Sebastea c.391. Saint Peter was the youngest of the ten children of Saint Basil the Elder and Saint Emmelia, brother of Saints Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, and Macrina the Younger. He was raised and educated by Macrina after their father died when he was an infant. Peter entered a monastery in Armenia on the Iris River, founded by his mother and father and headed by Basil, and in 362 became abbot. Peter helped alleviate the distress of the famine that afflicted Pontus and Cappadocia, was ordained in 370, and was name bishop of Sebastea in 380. Peter labored to eliminate Arianism in his see and attended the General Council of Constantinople in 381 (Benedictines, Delaney).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 September 2021. Web. 5 December 2021. <>