Bishop Theophylact of Nicomedia (Izmit) (d. 845)

Theophylact was a man full of grace and mercy. He became known for his many works of love and good- ness, including building churches, hospices, and homes for wanderers. He also gave out alms, took care of orphans, widows, and the sick, and washed the wounds of lepers. Theophylact became the bishop of Nicomedia (modern Izmit) and opposed the anti-icon movement initiated by emperor Leo V. He was exiled to the remote region of Caria, where he died in 845.