New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Philip the Apostle

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Philip the Apostle; 19th century by F X Zettler, Munich, Germany; parish church of Saint Alban, Gutenzell-Hürbel, Biberach, Germany; photographed in January 2015 by Andreas Praefcke; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsDerivation


Apostle. Native of Bethsaida on Lake Genesareth, like Peter and Andrew. He occupies fifth place in the list of the twelve Apostles. The legends concerning him are uncertain, confusing him with Philip the Deacon; however the general opinion is that he, with his two daughters, died at Hierapolis. The Fourth Gospel mentions him at the miracle of the loaves and fishes (John 6), and again in conversation with Christ (John 14), portraying him as a shy, naive, sober-minded man. Emblems: crucified man; a dragon. Relics in Church of the Apostles, Rome. Feast, Roman Calendar, 1 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Philip the Apostle”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 August 2018. Web. 20 June 2021. <>