Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Tychicus

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A disciple of Saint Paul and his constant companion. He was a native of the Roman province of Asia (Acts 20:4), born, probably, at Ephesus. About his conversion nothing is known. He appears as a companion of Saint Paul in his third missionary journey from Corinth through Macedonia and Asia Minor to Jerusalem. He shared the Apostle’s first Roman captivity and was sent to Asia as the bearer of letters to the Colossians and Ephesians (Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:7, 8). According to Titus 3:12, Paul intended to send Tychicus or Artemas to Crete to supply the place of Titus. It seems, however, that Artemas was sent, for during the second captivity of Saint Paul at Rome Tychicus was sent thence to Ephesus (2 Timothy 4:12). Of the subsequent career of Tychicus nothing certain is known. Several cities claim him as their bishop. The Menology of Basil Porphyrogenitus, which commemorates him on 9 April, makes him Bishop of Colophon and successor to Sosthenes. He is also said to have been appointed Bishop of Chalcedon by Saint Andrew the Apostle. He is also called bishop of Neapolis in Cyprus. Some martyrologies make him a deacon, while the Roman Martyrology places his commemoration at Paphos in Cyprus. His feast is kept on 29 April.

MLA Citation

  • Francis Merschman. “Saint Tychicus”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 December 2018. Web. 8 May 2021. <>