St. Onophrius of the Desert
There are many variant spellings.
The life of St. Onouphrius is known only from the account of his disciple, Paphnutius, who encountered him in the
Egyptian desert. Onouphrius (fl. IV Century) became a monk at a cenobitic monastery near Thebes, which he left to lead
an eremitic life. For 60-70 years, Onouphrius lived alone in the desert and wore only his hair and a loincloth of
leaves. He was a popular subject in Western Mediæval art.
Karen Rae Keck
Return to St Pachomius Library.