Gregory became a monk at Basil‘s desert monastery. He was a reluctant priest; he believed that he was unworthy and that the responsibility would test his faith.
He became Bishop of Constantinople in 381. He hated the city, despised the violence and feared being drawn into politics and corruption. He was slandered, insulted, beaten up, and a rival bishop tried to take over his diocese.
Gregory retired to live the rest of his days as a hermit.
He is patron for harvests and of poets.