New Catholic Dictionary – Saint John the Evangelist

detail of a stained glass window of Saint John the Apostle; date and artist unknown; church of Saint George, Castle Way, Hanworth, England; photographed on 10 December 2004 by John Salmon; swipe from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Apostle, brother to Saint James the Greater, son of Zebedee and Salome; died c.101. He engaged in fishing with his father and brother. A disciple of Saint John the Baptist, when he was called by Christ he became His “beloved disciple.” He alone of the Apostles remained faithful to the Master during His Passion. To him Christ entrusted the care of the Blessed Virgin. After Christ’s Ascension and the Descent of the Holy Ghost, John, with Peter, was prominent in organizing the Church. He later went from Jerusalem to Asia Minor, where he supervised the establishment and government of churches. Exiled to Patmos, he wrote the Apocalypse or Revelation there; after his return to Ephesus he wrote his Gospel and Epistles. He lived to an advanced age, and is believed by some to be immortal, this belief being founded on the passage in Scripture (John 21), “So I will have him to remain till I come, what is it to thee?” Patron of Asia Minor. Emblems: eagle, chalice, kettle, armor. Feast, Roman Calendar, 27 December; before the Latin Gate, 6 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint John the Evangelist”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2016. Web. 20 September 2021. <>