About St. Paul

St. Paul the First Hermit is very dear to the Pauline Fathers.  Though he was not the founder of the order named after him, in fact he lived long before the order was founded, he was the saint that our founding fathers took as their patron and guide.

The Life of Paulus the First Hermit

The Life of Paulus the First Hermit written by St Jerome of Stridon with a commentary by Br. Casimir

A Vita is a particular form of literature that marks a transition from the acts of martyrdom to more hagiographical writings equally seeking to inspire and edify Christians. It is not a biography in the modern sense, and is written for a certain set purpose with a particular aim to inspire. It is not devoid of historical fact, but rather uses various symbols and images to illustrate its purpose. The Vita presents a new type of Hero for a new type of Christian, living in a new age, which, not least of all includes Jerome himself.

The Life of Paulus the First Hermit

Early Christian asceticism In the Vita of St Paul the First Hermit

Early Christian asceticism In the Vita of St Paul the First Hermit is an essay written about St Paul the First hermit, by Br Casimir, in 2016 as part of a seminar on Christian Asceticism at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome. It provides an interesting commentary and insight into the person of St Paul the First Hermit.

Early Christian asceticism In the Vita of St Paul the First Hermit