Saint Gregory was born in Neocaesarea, and traveled throughout the Mediterranean region during his education. He was instructed in the faith by Origin. In the year 240 he became bishop of his home city, where only 17 Christians were living. By the time of his repose in 265, there were only 17 non-Christians in Neocaesarea, the entire city having converted to faith in Christ. He was renowned for his miracles, and many (even his enemies) called him "the new Moses." His feast is celebrated on November 17.