Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Porphyrius, Bishop

Saint Porphyry, Bishop, from Pictorial Lives of the SaintsEntry

Born at Thessalonica, of a wealthy family, Saint Porphyrius retired in early manhood to the Egyptian monastery of Scete, where he lived till the age of thirty, in the constant and most edifying practice of monastic discipline. He then went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and fixed his abode in a cave on the banks of the Jordan, desiring nevermore to quit the place made sacred by the presence of his Lord and Master. Here his austerities so enfeebled him that he was scarcely able to walk; but being supported to Mount Calvary, he was miraculously cured of his infirmities on that hallowed spot. He was afterwards made bishop of Gaza, and, having been instrumental in spreading Christianity among the unbelievers there, until nearly the whole city was converted to the faith, he died happily in his see, a.d. 420.

Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend:
The world’s an inn, and death, the journey’s end.
    – John Dryden

Favorite Practice – To consider it a happy privilege to joyfully spend and be spent for Christ.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Porphyrius, Bishop”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 April 2021. Web. 17 April 2021. <>