New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Joseph of Arimathea

detail of a stained glass window depicting Saint Joseph of Arimathea preparing Christ for entombment; Christopher Webb, Saint James' church, Piccadilly, England; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Brother Lawrence Lew, OPArticle

First century; born Arimathea, Palestine. He was a wealthy Israelite and a disciple of Christ. He requested from Pilate the body of Jesus and with the help of Nicodemus placed it in the tomb. The legend which tells of his coming to Gaul, 63 AD, and subsequently to Great Britain, where he is supposed to have founded the first Christian oratory at Glastonbury, is fabulous. Patron of the church at Glastonbury. Feast, 17 March.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Joseph of Arimathea”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 August 2018. Web. 3 March 2021. <>