First century Christian convert at Colossae, Phrygia, brought to the faith by Saint Paul the Apostle. Married to Saint Apphia. Subject of Paul‘s canonical Epistle to Philemon in which he asks Philemon to accept back the runaway slave Saint Onesimus, receiving him as a brother Christian; tradition says that he freed the slave. Martyred with Saint Apphia.
- “Saint Philemon“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 October 2013. Web. 31 March 2015. <>