Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Theodosius the Cenobiarch (423-529)

Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Theodosius the Cenobiarch (423-529)  died aged 106), Hermit/ AbboT/Founder of the Cenobitical Communities.   Roughly translated, cenobitical means “people who have a life in common,” and refers to the monks who joined Saint Theodosius’ community.   These monks, of many nationalities, devoted themselves to the Lord, but did not remain in seclusion.  Rather, they socialized and interacted with the outside world, which was a new approach to monasticism at that time!

Theodosius was born to pious parents in Mogarissos, Cappadocia (modern Turkey). Attracted to the academic life, he began his studies at an early age, impressing all with his intellect and mind and became a lector while still young.   Even as a child, he felt a desire to imitate Abraham by leaving his parents, friends, relatives and everything else for the love of God.   Acting upon his calling, Theodosius left home and set out for Jerusalem at the time of the Holy Fourth Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon held in 451.    After visiting the holy places, he decided to lead a life of prayer. He asked the guidance of a holy man named Abbot Longinus.   Soon people realized how holy Theodosius himself was.   Many men asked to join him.   To escape the steady stream of pilgrims, Theodosius withdrew further into the wilderness, settling on a mountaintop, residing in a cave that tradition tells us is the same cave that the three Magi spent the night in following their paying homage to Jesus.

Theodosius built a large monastery at Cathismus, near Bethlehem.   Before long, it was filled with monks from Greece, Armenia, Arabia, Persia and the Slavic countries. Eventually, it grew into a “little city.”   One building was for sick people, one for the elderly and one for the poor and homeless.

Theodosius was always generous.   He fed an endless stream of poor people. Sometimes it seemed like there would not be enough food for the monks.   But Theodosius had great trust in God.   He never turned travelers away, even when food was scarce. The monastery was a very peaceful place.   The monks lived in silence and prayer.   It was going so well that the patriarch of Jerusalem appointed Theodosius head of all the monks in the east.

Theodosius died in 529 at the age of 106.   The patriarch of Jerusalem and many people attended his funeral.   Theodosius was buried where he had first lived as a monk.



Passionate Catholic. Being a Catholic is a way of life - a love affair "Religion must be like the air we breathe..."- St John Bosco Prayer is what the world needs combined with the example of our lives which testify to the Light of Christ. This site, which is now using the Traditional Calendar, will mainly concentrate on Daily Prayers, Novenas and the Memorials and Feast Days of our friends in Heaven, the Saints who went before us and the great blessings the Church provides in our Catholic Monthly Devotions. This Site is placed under the Patronage of my many favourite Saints and especially, St Paul. "For the Saints are sent to us by God as so many sermons. We do not use them, it is they who move us and lead us, to where we had not expected to go.” Charles Cardinal Journet (1891-1975) This site adheres to the Catholic Church and all her teachings. PLEASE ADVISE ME OF ANY GLARING TYPOS etc - In June 2021 I lost 95% sight in my left eye and sometimes miss errors. Thank you and I pray all those who visit here will be abundantly blessed. Pax et bonum! 🙏

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s