(Saint) Bishop, Martyr (February 1) (2nd century) The successor of Saint Evodius, who followed Saint Peter, and thus, the third Bishop of Antioch, one of the most illustrious of the Apostolic Fathers. He was surnamed Theophorus, the God-Bearer. He ruled the Church of Antioch for forty years, and comforted his flock during the persecution of Domitian. Under Trajan he himself received the crown of Martyrdom, being carried to Rome and there thrown to the wild beasts in the Amphitheatre during the Public Games (A.D. 114, probably, though some contend for an earlier date). The remains of Saint Ignatius, taken to Antioch, were afterwards re-translated to Rome. We have seven of his Epistles, invaluable for the doctrinal and ascetical instruction conveyed by them.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Ignatius of Antioch”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 September 2013. Web. 1 July 2015. <>