Saint Alexander Akimetes Biography
Saint Alexander Akimetes Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death
|Date of Birth||4th Century|
|Country of Birth||Greece in Europe|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Saints who were Monks|
|Place of Work||Syria, Greece, Antioch|
|Date of Death||403 AD|
|Place of Death||N/A|
|Feast Day||February 23, January 15|
|Beatification||Beatified by N/A|
|Canonization||Canonized by Pre-Congregation|
|Patron Saint of||N/A|
Saint Alexander Akimetes was born to nobility and studied in Constantinople. He then became a soldier in the Imperial army for 4 years. He then converted to Christianity at his adult stage having read and taught himself the faith. By taking the example of Jesus and the young rich man, sold all his possessions to live as a hermit in Syria for years.
One day, he came back to the city and burned a pagan temple. This led to imprisonment where he spent his time in the jail bring prisoners to faith. He was released and turned to the life of a hermit again for several years before having a call for missionary work.
Alexander worked as a missionary in Antioch without success. He then founded monasteries in Mesopotamia, Gomon, and Constantinople where they grew into 400 monks.