New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Erasmus


  • 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. 19 December 2012. Web. 8 October 2015. <>