Christian Saints Podcast

Saint Pachomius the Great

May 14, 2022 Darren C. Ong Season 2 Episode 17
Christian Saints Podcast
Saint Pachomius the Great
Show Notes

Saint Pachomius the Great is one of the most important of the desert fathers of 3rd-4th century Egypt. He is the founder of cenobitic monasticism, that is, the type of monasticism where monks live together in communities. He came from a pagan family in Egypt, and was a conscript in the Roman Empire's army. During his service, he encountered the kindness of Christians, and resolved to be a Christian himself. He would found many monasteries in Egypt, and write the first known monastic rule for how monks should live and train themselves to grow closer to God.