• Greek: one who is sent; envoy


The name is given in the New Testament first of all to the twelve whom our Lord chose. “The names of the twelve apostles,” Saint Matthew says, “are these: the first, Simon,” etc. But it is by no means restricted to them: Matthias and Paul were of course Apostles, though not of the twelve; so was Barnabas.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “apostle”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 December 2019. Web. 28 January 2022. <>