He was given the epithet "ὁ ἐγκρατής" ("The Abstemious"). He lived successively with the monks at the monastery of Saint Theodosius (now Deir Dosi) southeast of Jerusalem, among the hermits in the Jordan Valley, and in the New Lavra of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified near Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. About the year 578 he went to Egypt with Sophronius (afterwards Patriarch of Jerusalem) and came as far as the Great Oasis of the Libyan Desert.
After 583 he came to Mount Sinai and spent about ten years in the Lavra of Aeliatae.
He then visited the monasteries, near Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. In 604 he went to Antioch but returned to Egypt in 607.
Later he came to Cyprus and in 614-615 to Rome where he died in 619. On his deathbed he requested Sophronius to bury him, if possible, on Mountain.
Sinai or else at Greek Church of Street.Theodosius near Jerusalem.
Mountain. Sinai being then invaded by the Saracens, Sophronius buried him in Saint Theodusius.