Book of Saints – Marcian of Syracuse


(Saint) Bishop, Martyr (June 14) (Date uncertain) Said to have been the first Bishop of Syracuse and, according to the Sicilian tradition, sent there as missionary by Saint Peter the Apostle himself. But, as the date of his death (which is said to have been brought about by the action of the Jews) cannot, according to the best authorities, be placed before A.D. 254 about, it is more likely that by Saint Peter is meant the Pope of the time, regarded as holding the place of the Apostle. Saint Marcian would thus be a third century Saint. It appears that during the Saracen invasion of Sicily the relics of Saint Marcian were secretly transferred to Gaeta.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Marcian of Syracuse”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 November 2014. Web. 17 January 2019. <>