Saint Nicanor the Deacon

detail of an icon of Saint Nicanor the Deacon, by Fedor Zubov, 1685, cathedral of the Novodevichiy convent, SmolenskyAlso known as

  • Nicanor of Cyprus
  • Nicanore…
  • Nikanor…



Chosen by the Apostles as one of the seven deacons and minister of charities in Jerusalem. Missionary to Cyprus. Martyr.



Additional Information


At that time, as the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The proposal was acceptable to the whole community, so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the holy Spirit, also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles who prayed and laid hands on them. The word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly; even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith. – Acts 6:1-7

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Nicanor the Deacon“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 January 2020. Web. 24 June 2021. <>