Third century shepherd in the area of Armentarius, Cappadocia (an area of modern Turkey) whose reputation for piety led to his arrest and extensive torture during a persecution of Christians in the area. He survived it, and died years later, his example having brought many to the faith. Legend says that at his death, his shepherd‘s staff put out roots, branched out, and later bloomed.
- “Saint Blasius of Armentarius“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 February 2013. Web. 26 May 2015. <>