New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Erasmus

detail from the painting 'The Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus', by Nicolas Poussin, 1628, oil on canvas, Musei Vaticani, VaticanDerivation

  • Greek: amiable


Martyr (303), Bishop of Syria. Tradition holds that he was transported by an angel from Mount Lebanon whence he had fled from the persecution, to Lake Lucrino in Italy, but was seized there and taken to Campania, where he was tortured and put to death. Patron of sailors; invoked, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, against intestinal trouble. Represented with an angel. Relics at Gaeta. His cult was widespread in the Middle Ages. Feast, 2 June.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Erasmus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 May 2016. Web. 18 January 2019. <>