Saint Barnabas the Apostle

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Barnabas the Apostle; old cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Bazas, Gironde, France; photographed on 28 March 2013 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Bernabé
  • Joseph



Levite Jewish convert, coming to the faith soon after Pentecost, taking the name Barnabas. Though not of the chosen Twelve Apostles, Barnabas is mentioned frequently in the Acts of the Apostles, is included among the prophets and doctors at Antioch, and is considered an Apostle. Companion of Saint Paul who introduced him to the Apostles. Like Paul, Barnabas believed in the Church‘s mission to Gentiles, and worked with him in Cyprus and Asia, but split with him over a non-theological matter. Evangelized in Cyprus with Saint Mark. Founded the Church in Antioch. Subject and possible author of some apocryphal works. Martyr.




Name Meaning

  • son of encouragement; son of consolation



MLA Citation

  • “Saint Barnabas the Apostle“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 September 2015. Web. 27 November 2015. <>