Pinytus of Knossus

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Our father among the saints Pinytus of Knossus on the island of Crete was the Bishop of Knossus in the late second century, about 170. He was considered one of the foremost ecclesiastical writers of his time by Eusebius of Caesarea. His feast day is October 10.


Little is known of the life of St. Pinytus. He was a Greek by birth and was bishop of Knossus during the reigns of co-emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Aurelius. He and Dionysius of Corinth engaged in a continuing correspondence with each other. The two apparently had disagreements. Dionysius wrote to Pinytus asking him not to hold too strictly the yoke of chastity upon his brethren. While Bp. Pinytus held that Dionysius should hold to a stronger position with his congregation. [1]

Pinytus may have been influenced by Montanistic views during the early years of its growth. However, Eusebius vouched for his orthodoxy and his care for the welfare of those whom he shepherded.


  1. Euseb., H. E., IV, xxiii