Saint John Calabytes

Also known as

  • John Calabites
  • John Calibita
  • John Chalybita
  • John Kalabytes
  • John the Hut-Dweller

Memorial

Profile

Born wealthy. Ran away from home as a child, and became a monk at Gomon on the Bosphorus at age 12. When he finally returned home as a beggar at age 18, his family did not recognize him. However, the did recognized that he was a holy man, and the family allowed him to live as a hermit in a small hut (a calybe in Greek) near their front door. Only on his death were they were informed of his real identity. His story has led to his being a symbol of homelessness, and how we may not recognize the humanity in the poor and homeless in our midst.

Born

Died

  • c.450 of natural causes

Representation

  • beggar with a Gospel in his hand
  • beggar revealing his identity to his parents on his death bed

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint John Calabytes“. Saints.SQPN.com. 23 May 2014. Web. 1 October 2014. <>