Commemorated on February 29
Saint Germanus the Daco-Roman was born in the mid-fourth century,
probably on the borders of Cassian and the Caves in the diocese of Tomis
(in what is now Romania), and was related to St John Cassian (February
29). St Germanus, who was older than St John, was tonsured at one of the
local monasteries when he was still a young man. The holy bishop St
Theotimus I (April 20) may have been his Spiritual Father.
turn, St Germanus became the Spiritual Father, friend, and teacher of St
John Cassian, instructing him in monastic perfection. They both lived
at one of the monasteries of Dacia Pontica for a short time, and then
worked together in Bethlehem from 380-385. Later, they traveled to Egypt
and visited some of its cenobitic monasteries. They also visited the
hermits of Nitria and Mount Sinai, seeking to benefit from their holy
example and wise counsel.
Sts Germanus and John went to
Constantinople in 399 in order to be near St John Chrysostom (November
13), and around this time Germanus was deemed worthy of ordination to
the holy priesthood. When Chrysostom was deposed and exiled in 404, the
two saints journeyed to Rome in order to plead his case before Pope
St Germanus completed the course of his life in the
early fifth century, perhaps at the monastery estabished by St John
Cassian at Marseilles, or in one of the monasteries of Dacia Pontica.
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