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Saint John the Almoner (d. 619)

Saint John the Almoner (d. 619)

Patron saint of the Knights Hospitaller

Feast day: January 23

Saint John’s early life is one that many of us can relate to. He married, became a father, and lived a normal life with his family. Sadly, disease took his wife and child. After this tragedy, John felt called to a new vocation. He entered religious life and became archbishop of Alexandria in Egypt.

He became known as the “almoner,” or “almsgiver,” because of the care and kindness that he showed to the poor. In fact, John was such a strong advocate for the poor that he spoke on their behalf when the governor planned a new tax that would treat them unfairly. John also helped evacuees who fled from Persian attacks on the Holy Land.

John predicted the date of his own death, and his prediction came true when he passed away on November 11. 

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