Philosophers / Justin Martyr 100–165 Feast Day: June 1

Born in Palestine to Greek parents, Justin was the first Christian philosopher. As a young man, he studied the Stoics, the Pythagoreans, and the Platonists, and he was introduced to Christianity at the age of thirty-three. Seeing no conflict between Faith and Reason, he traveled widely, debating those of different faiths and philosophies. When he won and argument against a Cynic in Rome, he was arrested and beheaded.

Other patronages: apologists, lecturers, orators

The above patron saints have been excerpted from the book: “Patron Saints: A Feast of Holy Cards” by Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua.

All images are from the collection of Father Eugene Carrella.

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