SAINT STYLIANOS, OF PAPHLAGONIA 8943 Saint Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia of Asia Minor sometime between the fourth and sixth centuries. He inherited a great fortune from his parents when they died, but he did not keep it. He gave it away to the poor according to their need, desiring to help those who were less fortunate. Stylianos left the city and went to a monastery, where he devoted his life to God. Since he was more zealous and devout than the other monks, he provoked their jealousy and had to leave. He left the monastery to live alone in a cave in the wilderness, where he spent his time in prayer and fasting. The goodness and piety of the saint soon became evident to the inhabitants of Paphlagonia, and they sought him out to hear his teaching, or to be cured by him. St Stylianos was known for his love of children, and he would heal them of their infirmities. At the hour of his death, the face of Saint suddenly became radiant, and an angel appeared to receive his soul. Known as a protector of children, St Stylianos is depicted in iconography holding an infant in his arms.