Paphnutius, Saint

PAPHNUTIUS, SAINT

A tenth-century monk and bishop (feast day: 11 Bashans). From his youth, Paphnutius was a monk in the Monastery of Macarius (Wadi al-Natrun), where he remained for thirty-five years. The PHILOTHEUS (979-1003) consecrated him bishop (the SYNAXARION does not mention the see).

He continued to wear monk’s clothing except when celebrating the holy liturgy. He was bishop for thirty-two years. The HISTORY OF THE makes no reference to Paphnutius in the notice devoted to Philotheus.

RENÉ-GEORGES COQUIN