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Feastday: January 15
Birth: 300
Death: 391
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Egyptian hermit also called "Macarius of Egypt" or "the Elder." He was born in Upper Egypt, and went to the desert of Skete, where he was falsely accused of assaulting a woman, but was proven innocent. He was ordained and served as a counselor for thousands. An enemy of Arianism, Macanus was exiled to a small island in the Nile with Macarus the Younger by Lucius of Alexandria. a heretic of the era. Eventually he returned to the desert, and Macanus, considered the pioneering hermit, spent six decades in the wilderness.

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