Saint Panteleon

detail from a German holy card of Saint Panteleon, artist unknown; thanks essepiAlso known as

  • Panteleimon
  • Pantaleon



Christian physician to emperor Maximian. Life-long layman and bachelor. At one point he abandoned his faith, and fell in with a worldly and idolatrous crowd. However, he was eventually overcome with grief, and with the help of the priest Hermolaus, he returned to the Church. Brought his father to the faith. Gave his fortune to the poor, treated them medically, and never charged. Some of his cures were miraculous, being accomplished by prayer.

Denounced to the antiChristian authorities by other doctors during the persections of Diocletian. At trial he offered a contest to see whose prayers would cure the incurable – his or the pagan priests’. The pagans failed to help the man, a palsied paralytic, but Pantaleon cured the man by mentioning the name Jesus. Many of the witnesses converted.

The authorities tried to bribe him to denounce the faith, but failed. They then threatened him; that failed. They followed up the threats with torture. When that failed, he was executed. Martyr. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.




MLA Citation

  • “Saint Panteleon“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2016. Web. 29 April 2016. <>