Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Theodosius, Hermit

illustration of Saint Theodosius the Cenobiarch; from 'Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints'Entry

About the year 423, Saint Theodosius was born in Cappadocia, and received a careful Christian training. After having been ordained to the priesthood, he felt himself called to a life of stricter retirement, and became one of the anchorites of the desert. Here he was followed by so many zealous disciples that he was forced to found a monastery, wherein he and his brethren lived in the practice of most heroic charity to pilgrims and the poor. The continual topic of his thoughts and conversation was the preparation for a holy death. Despite his hard and laborious life, Saint Theodosius lived to the age of 106 years.

Remote from that distracted world
  Where sin has reared his gloomy throne,
With passion’s ensign sweetly furled,
  We live and breathe for heaven alone.
– Gerald Griffin

Favorite Practice – An invocation, morning and night, for the grace of a holy death.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Theodosius, Hermit”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 18 April 2021. <>