|Saint John the Dwarf|
Mosaic in Hosios Loukas
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, was an Egyptian Desert Father of the early Christian church.
John the Dwarf was born in the town of Thebes in Egypt to poor Christian parents. At the age of eighteen, he and an elder brother, moved to the desert of Scetes 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. [ ]
Image1 By Anonymous Unknown author (Chatzidakis. Byzantine Art in Greece) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons