Stephen I (Greek: Στέφανος Α΄, Stephanos I) (November 867 – 18 May 893) was the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 886 to 893.

Stephen I of Constantinople
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
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Term ended893
Personal details
DenominationChalcedonian Christianity
ParentsEudokia Ingerina[1]
Lead seal of "Stephen, Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome", either of Stephen I or of Stephen II

Born at Constantinople, Stephen was the son of Eudokia Ingerina and, officially, Emperor Basil I. However, at the time when he was conceived, Eudokia was the mistress of Emperor Michael III. Consequently, it is possible or even probable that like his older brother Leo VI the Wise, Stephen was Michael's son.

Castrated by Basil I, Stephen became a monk and was designated for a career in the church since his childhood. In 886 his brother, the new Emperor Leo VI, dismissed the Patriarch Photios and appointed the 19-year-old Stephen as patriarch in his stead.[2]

As patriarch Stephen participated in the ceremonial reburial of Michael III by Leo VI in the imperial mausoleum attached to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. There are no important events associated with Stephen's patriarchate and the patriarch, who acquired a reputation for piety, died in May 893 at the age of 25. His feast day in the Orthodox Church is on May 18.[3]


  1. ^ The real identity of the father of this Patriarch is unknown.
  2. ^ St. Stephen the Archbishop of Constantinople
  3. ^ (in Greek) Ὁ Ἅγιος Στέφανος Πατριάρχης Κωνσταντινουπόλεως. 18 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.


Titles of Chalcedonian Christianity
Preceded by
Photios I
Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by
Antony II