Basic Information
Name

Ignatius of Antioch

Feast Day

February 1

Short Bio

A disciple of John the Baptist, Ignatius was appointed by St. Peter as the second bishop of Antioch, Syria at 17 years old. In 57 AD, Emperor Trajan personally condemned him to martyrdom in the colosseum of Rome. HIs final weeks were spent in chains, transported across the empire to the capitol. He famously wrote seven letters on the way to the Churches he passed through, building them up and begging them not to hinder his martyrdom.

Born

50 AD

Died

107 AD

Patron of

Eastern Mediterranean Church, throat disease

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Personal
Born in

Syria

Lived in

Antioch, Greece

Gender

Male

Form of Passing

Martyr

Roles

Bishop, Martyr

Century

2nd Century

Vocation

Priesthood

Details & Interests
Name Meaning

Theophorus: one who carries God with him

Favorite Quote

The only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God. I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ. (Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans, Chapter 4)

Canonization Status
Canonization

Pre-Congregation Canonization

Major Shrine

Basilica di San Clemente in Rome