Saint Simon of Cyrene

Also known as

  • Simon the Cyrenian



First century convert. Father of Saint Rufus. Helped Christ carry the cross on the way to Calvary. Missionary to France. First bishop of Avignon, France. Martyr.




  • carrying a cross
Additional Information


As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to carry his cross. – Matthew 27:32

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. -Mark 15:21

As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus. – Luke 23:26

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Simon of Cyrene“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 November 2012. Web. 7 October 2015. <>