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Death of Pachomius, Founder of Christian Cenobitic Monasticism

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Pachomius, founder of Christian cenobitic monasticism in the Coptic Christian churches, dies.

Born to a pagan family, Pachomius was forcibly drafted into the Roman army and held in captivity, during which time Christians would bring him food and other comforts. this caused him to investigate Christianity after getting out of the army and, after doing so, he chose to convert.

Pachomius was quickly attracted to the ascetic lifestyle and until he came along, most lived completely solitary lives. Pachomius created a basic community for them, known as a cenobitic organization. The first monastery established by Pachomius appears either in 318 or 323 and soon over 100 monks live with Pachomius, calling him "Abba" or "father."

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