Saint John the Dwarf 17 October 2018

Saint John the Dwarf
Hosios Loukas (nave, vault over south-west bay) - John Kolobos.jpg
Hosios Loukas Monastery, Boeotia, Greece
Mosaic in Hosios Loukas
Born c. 339
Died c. 405
Mount Colzim, Egypt
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Oriental Orthodox Churches
Feast October 17 = Paopi 20, November 9 (Eastern Orthodox Church)
Attributes Short Monk watering a stick

Saint John the Dwarf (Greek: Ιωάννης Κολοβός; Arabic: ابو يحنّس القصير (Abū) Yuḥannis al-Qaṣīr c. 339 – c. 405), also called Saint John Colobus, Saint John Kolobos or Abba John the Dwarf,[2] was an Egyptian Desert Father of the early Christian church.


John the Dwarf was born in the town of Thebes in Egypt[3] to poor Christian parents. At the age of eighteen, he and an elder brother, moved to the desert of Scetes[4] where he became a disciple of Saint Pambo and a good friend of Saint Pishoy. He lived a life of austerity and taught several other monks his way of life, among them was Arsenius the Great.

After the departure of Saint Pambo, John was ordained a priest by Pope Theophilus and became abbot of the monastery he founded around the Tree of Obedience. When the Berbers invaded Scetes in 395, John fled the Nitrian Desert and went to live on Mount Colzim, near the present city of Suez, where he died.

In 515, the relics of Saint John the Dwarf were moved to the Nitrian Desert. His feast is celebrated on October 17 in the Roman Catholic Church, on 20 Paopi at the Coptic Orthodox Church and on November 9 in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The Monastery of Saint John the Dwarf in Scetes is now deserted.   [ ]


Monastery of the Syrians in Wadi el Natrun

Image1 By Anonymous Unknown author (Chatzidakis. Byzantine Art in Greece) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Image 2 By Lumen romaOwn work, CC BY 3.0, Link