David of Gareji was one of the twelve disciples of St John Zedazeni
They were ascetics of Syria (Cappadocia), and were the founders of
Georgian monasticism, arriving in Georgia from Cappadocia in the
mid-sixth century. The holy Thirteen Cappadocian Fathers were actually
Georgians, who received their spiritual schooling at the renowned Lavra
of St Simeon the Stylite and at other monasteries of Syria and
Mesopotamia, intending to return to their native land and assist in its
St David is also commemorated on May 7 along with St John Zedazeni and his Twelve Disciples.