St. Onesimus, St. Daniel, Sts. Elias, Jeremy and Companions
by americancatholic.org | Source: americancatholic.org
HE was a Phrygian by birth,
slave to Philemon, a person of note of the city of Coloss, converted to the faith by St. Paul.
Having robbed his master and being obliged to fly, he providentially met with St. Paul, then a
prisoner for the faith at Rome, who there converted and baptized him, and sent him with his
canonical letter of recommendation to Philemon, by whom he was pardoned, set at liberty, and sent
back to his spiritual father, whom he afterwards faithfully served. That apostle made
him, with Tychicus, the bearer of his Epistle to the Colossians, and afterwards, as St. Jerome and
other Fathers witness, a preacher of the Gospel and a bishop. He was crowned with martyrdom under
Domitian in the year 95.
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