Saint Thomas, Apostle

July 3 – St. Thomas, Apostle St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. St. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas’ unwillingness to believe that the other Apostles had seen their risen Lord on the first Easter Sunday merited for...

Saint Peter & Saint Paul, Apostles

June 29 – St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles – This feast day commemorates the martyrdom of the two great Apostles, assigned by tradition to the same day of June in the year 67. They had been imprisoned in the famous Mamertine Prison of Rome and both had foreseen their approaching death. Saint Peter...

Saint Barnabas, Apostle

June 11 – St. Barnabas, Apostle Born Joseph, he was renamed after he converted to Christianity. Following his conversion he gave all his money and property to the Church, and later became a powerful missionary and preacher, traveling with St. Paul and advocating that pagans could be baptized as Christians without being circumcised.“The report...

Saint Matthias, Apostle

May 14 – St. Matthias, Apostle – (Feb 24 for some) So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where...

Saint Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

September 21 – St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist – One of the twelve Apostles, and the author of the first Gospel as confirmed by the Gospel itself. He was the son of Alpheus and was called to be an Apostle while sitting in the tax collectors place at Capernaum. Before his conversion he was...

Saint Barnabas, Apostle

June 11 – St. Barnabas, Apostle – Born Joseph, he was renamed after he converted to Christianity. Following his conversion he gave all his money and property to the Church, and later became a powerful missionary and preacher, traveling with St. Paul and advocating that pagans could be baptized as Christians without being circumcised.“The...

Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist

December 27 – St. John, Apostle and Evangelist – Born in Bethsaida, he was called while mending his nets to follow Jesus. He became the beloved disciple of Jesus. He wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse. His passages on the pre-existence of the Word, who by His Incarnation became the light...

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

St. Bartholomew, Apostle – 1st century, one of the 12. All that is known of him with certainty is that he is mentioned in the synoptic gospels and Acts as one of the twelve apostles. His name, a patronymic, means “son of Tolomai” and scholars believe he is the same as Nathaniel mentioned in...

Saint James the Elder, Apostle

July 25 – St. James the Elder, Apostle – James, son of Zebedee (died 44 AD) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He was a son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother of John the Apostle. He is also called James the Elder to distinguish him from James, son of Alphaeus, who...

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

August 24 – Saint Bartholomew, Apostle – 1st century, one of the 12. All that is known of him with certainty is that he is mentioned in the synoptic gospels and Acts as one of the twelve apostles. His name, a patronymic, means “son of Tolomai” and scholars believe he is the same as...