known as God-Bearer ,Theophoros
Memorial 17 October formerly
Profile Convert from paganism to Christianity.
Succeeded Peter as bishop of Antioch, Syria. Served during persecution of Domitian.
During the persecution of Trajan, he was ordered taken to Rome to be killed by
wild animals. On the way, a journey which took months, he wrote a series of encouraging
letters to the churches under his care. First writer to use the term the Catholic
Church. Apostolic Father. Martyr. His name occurs in the "Nobis quoque peccatoribus"
in the Canon of the Mass. Legend says he was the infant that Jesus took into his
arms in Mark 9.
Born c.50 in Syria
thrown to wild animals c.107 at Rome; relics at Saint Peter's, Rome
against throat diseases ,Church in eastern Mediterranean ,Church in North
Representation bishop surrounded by lions
to Saints Index Gallery at www.TotallyCatholic.com