Blessed Demetrios of Philadelphia

Also known as

  • Demetrius
  • Dimitrios
  • Dimitri



Son of an Orthodox priest, at age 13 Demetrios converted from Christianity to Islam. However, by age 25 he realized his error and returned to Christianity. Kidnapped as he approached a church, he was beaten, tortured, mutilated and finally murdered by Turkish Muslims who insisted that he renounce Christianity. Martyr.


  • feet cut off then thrown alive into a fire in 1567 in Philadelphia, Lydia (modern Alasehir, Turkey)
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Demetrios of Philadelphia“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 May 2016. Web. 15 October 2021. <>