New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Eustachius and Companions

statue of Saint Eustachius by Johann Michael Feichtmayr (1709-1772), in the Basilika Vierzehnheiligen in Germany, photographer unknownDerivation

  • Greek: eustathios, steadfast, strong


(Eustace) Martyrs in 118. A Roman general under Trajan, Eustachius embraced Christianity after an apparition of Christ between the antlers of a deer was revealed to him one day while hunting. By his conversion he forfeited rank and fortune and was put to death by fire for refusing to sacrifice to idols. His wife Theopista and his two sons Agapius and Theopistus were martyred with him. Patron of huntsmen; invoked as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Emblems: a crucifix, a stag, an oven. Feast, Roman Calendar, 20 September.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Eustachius and Companions”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 May 2016. Web. 18 January 2019. <>