Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pachomius the Great

We just learned about the Desert Fathers.

Another famous monk was Pachomius the Great.

He started out as a soldier in the Roman army, and one time he met some Christians who came out and gave food and comfort to the soldiers.
He left the army and went to live near the hermit Anthony the Great.

During that time, many monks or hermits just lived alone in huts or caves.
Pachomius had the idea to have people live near each other, so they could get together to worship and pray.

He started one of the first monastaries at Tabenna in Egypt.

(from: wikipedia - pachomius the great)

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