St. Paul was born around 230 AD to a wealthy Egyptian Christian family.  When Paul was 22, Emperor Decius started persecuting Christians.  Paul hid for awhile in the home of a friend and then made his home in a cave.  Paul remained as a hermit after the persecutions ceased as he found the life of solitude suited him.  He lived this life for 90 years.  Some say he was the first Christian hermit.  He survived on bread, fruit, vegetables and water brought to him by a raven daily.  St. Anthony of the Desert found him shortly before his death in 342 AD.

FEAST DAY-  January 15

PATRON OF- Weavers