He is considered the founder of monasticism. The Life of Antony, written by the bishop of Athanasius, is filled with accounts of the supernatural.

Athanasius speaks of one occasion when many gathered at the entrance of Antony’s cave seeking prayers. Antony finally emerged, and “through him the Lord healed the bodily ailments of many present and cleansed others from evil spirits.”2


2. Athanasius, Life of Antony, vol. 4 Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, 200.