• Greek: apo, off; stella, send


Envoys, messengers, missionaries; name given especially to those first selected by Jesus. They are distinguished from the other disciples by the general power of jurisdiction and teaching. Their names are as follows (Matthew 10; Mark 3; Luke 6)

Though not one of the twelve Apostles, Saint Paul is numbered as an Apostle of the first rank. The name is also given to Saint Barnabas.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Apostles”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 January 2020. Web. 4 December 2021. <>