Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Leonidas


(or Leonides) The Roman Martyrology records several feast days of martyrs of this name in different countries.

Under date of 28 January there is a martyr called Leonides, a native of the Thebaid, whose death with several companions is supposed to have occurred during the Diocletian persecution.

Another Leonides appears on 2 September, in a long list of martyrs headed by a Saint Diomedes.

Together with a Saint Eleutherius, a Leonides is honoured on 8 August.

From other sources we know of a Saint Leonidas, Bishop of Athens, who lived about the sixth century, and whose feast is celebrated on 15 April.

Still another martyr of the name is honoured on 16 April, with Callistus, Charysius, and other companions.

The best known of them all, however, is Saint Leonides of Alexandria, father of the great Origen. From Eusebius we learn that he died a martyr during the persecution under Septimius Severus in 202. He was condemned to death by the prefect of Egypt, Lactus, and beheaded. His property was confiscated. Leonides carefully cultivated the brilliant intellect of his son Origen from the latter’s childhood, and imparted to him the knowledge of Holy Scripture. The feast of Saint Leonidas of Alexandria is celebrated on 22 April.

MLA Citation

  • Johann Peter Kirsch. “Saint Leonidas”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2018. Web. 5 August 2021. <>