Saint Onesiphorus

Saint OnesiphorusAlso known as

  • Onacepherous



First-century convert. Relative of Saint Porphyrius. Sheltered, supported, worked with and visited Saint Paul the Apostle in prison. Missionary through Spain and to the Hellespont. Martyred in the persecutions of emperor Domitian.


  • torn apart by wild horses in Parium on the shores of the Hellespont (near modern Kemer, Turkey)


Name Meaning

  • bringing profit


May the Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus because he often gave me new heart and was not ashamed of my chains. But when he came to Rome, he promptly searched for me and found me. May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day. And you know very well the services he rendered in Ephesus. – 2nd Timothy 1:16-18

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Onesiphorus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 September 2020. Web. 9 December 2021. <>