Ammon (Amon, or Amun), St
Ammon (Amon, Or Amun), St.
the founder of the celebrated settlement of ccenobites and hermits on or near Mount Nitria, was born about A.D. 285 in Lower Egypt. At the age of twenty-two he was married against his own consent, and after passing eighteen years with his wife in a state of virginity, he left her, with her consent, and retired to Mount Nitria, where he founded the monastery of that name, and collected a large number of hermits, who took him for their chief and guide. He was on terms of close friendship with St. Anthony, and was credited with the gift of miracles. He died about 348. The Roman martyrology makes no mention of him; the Greeks commemorate him October 4.