Dispatch from the Desert:  July 6th thru 12th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) July 6th:  Sisoes the Great (429)  He was a native Egyptian and disciple of Abba Anthony the Great.  After the death of the teacher, God had favor on his ascetic efforts and gave him the grace to perform miracles and drive away unclean spirits.  Fifty-four lessons in the … More Dispatch from the Desert:  July 6th thru 12th

Dispatch from the Desert:  June 29th thru July 5th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) July 3rd:  Isaiah the Recluse (ca. 429) Lived as an ascetic in Sketis, Egypt and Palestine.  While mentioned in the writings of Abba Barsanuphius and John, many of his own instructions for monks were destroyed by Muslims. A Word from the Fathers & Mothers Prayer and asceticism are … More Dispatch from the Desert:  June 29th thru July 5th

Dispatch from the Desert:  June 22nd thru 28th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) June 25th:  Gallicanus the Patrician (362) Martyred in Egypt June 28th:  The Translation of the relics of Martyrs Cyrus and John froom Canopus to Menuthis (412) Patriarch Cyril of Alexandria prayed for God to destroy the pagan city of Menuthis.  However, an angel instructed him to move the … More Dispatch from the Desert:  June 22nd thru 28th

Dispatch from the Desert:  June 1st thru 7th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) June 3:  Achillies, Bishop of Alexandria (312) June 4:  Zosimas of Cilicia (6th century) – A dedicated ascetic on Mt. Sinai, Zosimas was ordained Bishop of New Babylon in Egypt.  After years of service, he returned to Mt. Sinai where he reposed. Optatus (376) – Bishop of Milevun … More Dispatch from the Desert:  June 1st thru 7th

Dispatch from the Desert:  May 18th thru 24th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid):  May 19th:  Acoluthus (284-305) Martyred in Hermopolis, Egypt May 20th:  Asclas (287) Martyred in Antinoe, Egypt with Leonides.  Their tormentor, Arrian repented later and proclaimed Jesus before his fellow pagans and was executed. Thalassius the Myrrh-gusher of Libya (ca. 668) May 21:  Hieromartyr Secundus and those with him … More Dispatch from the Desert:  May 18th thru 24th

Dispatch from the Desert:  May 11th thru 17th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid):   May 12:  Polybius of Cyprus (5th century)  Bishop of Rinokyr in Egypt. May 14:  Serapion the Sindonite (5th century) This Egyptian monk wore nothing but a linen cloth, or a “sindon.”  He had even given this away and his copy of the Gospels to help others in need.  Serapion … More Dispatch from the Desert:  May 11th thru 17th

Dispatch from the Desert:  April 27th thru May 3rd

African Saints (from the Prologue of Orhid)  April 29th:  John Tolaius, Patriarch of Alexandria (482) – He was sent to Constantinople to request that the Alexandrian Patriarchate be allowed to elect their own Archbishop.  The Emperor Zenon permitted this under the condition that John would not be the elected one.  Returning to Alexandria, John broke … More Dispatch from the Desert:  April 27th thru May 3rd

Dispatch from the Desert:  April 20th thru 26th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Orhid) April 20th:  Athanasius of Mount Sinai (685)  Succeeded John Climacus as Abbot of the Mt. Sinai Monastery.  Known as an instructor against heretical teaching. April 22nd:  Leonidas of Alexandria (202)  The father of Origen.  His son encouraged him being martyred, “Father, do not concern yourself over us and … More Dispatch from the Desert:  April 20th thru 26th