Moses the Black

Saint Moses the Black
Icon of St. Moses
Monk, Priest and Monastic Father
Scetes, Egypt
Venerated inEastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodoxy
Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Catholic Churches
Anglican Communion
Major shrineParomeos Monastery, Scetes, Egypt
FeastAugust 28 (Chalcedonian)
July 1 - Paoni 24 (Oriental)
PatronageAfrica, nonviolence

Saint Moses the Black (330–405), (also known as Abba Moses the Robber, and the Strong) was reportedly an ascetic monk and priest in Egypt in the fourth century AD, and a notable Desert Father. According to stories about him, he converted from a life of crime to one of asceticism. He is mentioned in Sozomen's Ecclesiastical History, written about 70 years after Moses's reported death.

Early life

Moses was a black servant of a government official in Egypt who dismissed him for theft and suspected murder.[2] A large, imposing figure, he became the leader of a gang of bandits who roamed the Nile Valley spreading terror and violence.

Other Languages
العربية: موسى الأسود
български: Мойсей Мурин
español: Moisés el Moro
italiano: Mosè l'Etiope
ქართული: მოსე შავი
Kiswahili: Musa Mwafrika
македонски: Мојсеј Мурин
Nederlands: Mozes de Zwarte
português: Moisés, o Negro
русский: Моисей Мурин
српски / srpski: Мојсије Мурин
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Mojsije Murin
українська: Мойсей Мурин