Book of Saints – Philemon and Apphias

jpg illustration of Saint Onesimus returning to Philemon, the letter from Saint Paul the Apostle in his hand; taken from 'Pictorial Lives of the Saints', 1892, artist unknownArticle

(Saints) Martyrs (November 22) (1st century) Saint Philemon is the Christian of Colosse, master of the slave, Onesimus, to whom Saint Paul addressed his canonical Epistle. Apphias was also a disciple of Saint Paul. In the time of the Emperor Nero, the building used as a Chapel or Oratory by the Christians of Colosse was broken into by the Pagans. The rest of the congregation fled in time, but Philemon and Apphias were seized and stoned to death.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Philemon and Apphias”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2016. Web. 10 December 2016. <>