New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Hadrian

chiaroscuro drawing of Saint Adrian of Nicomedia by Hans Holbein the Younger, c.1521; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Martyr, c.306. According to legendary records he was an officer in the body-guard of the Emperor Galerius. Having witnessed the fortitude of 22 Christians who were tortured and martyred in Nicomedia by his master, he became converted to the faith, was imprisoned, tortured and burned. Patron of soldiers and butchers; invoked against pestilence. Relics at Grammont (Geertsbergen). Feast, Roman Calendar, 8 September.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Hadrian”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 August 2018. Web. 16 December 2018. <>