Amoun (?-Ca. 350)

AMOUN (?-ca. 350)

A Saint, ascetic. He is the founder of anchoritism in Nitria. was an Egyptian orphan who was brought up and forced to marry by his uncle. However, he and his wife lived celibately for 18 years. Around 330, Amoun retired to the mountain of Nitria. He soon attracted many followers and monasticism began to flourish there.

One of the Sayings of the Fathers attributes the foundation of the monastic center of Kellia jointly to St. and St. Antony. Patriarch Athanasius mentioned him in the Life of Antony. According to one tradition, Antony saw Amoun’s borne up to heaven by angels.