Saint Panteleon

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Pantaleon with the child he saved from a viper; date and artist unknown; chapel Notre-Dame, Houppach, Masevaux, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France; photographed on 31 July 2015 by GFreihaltar; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Panteleimon
  • Pantaleon



Raised by a Christian mother and pagan father, Panteleon chose Christian, and became physician to emperor Maximian. He was a life-long layman and bachelor. At one point he abandoned his faith, and fell in with a worldly and idolatrous crowd. However, he was eventually overcome with grief, and with the help of the priest Hermolaus, he returned to the Church. Brought his father to the faith. Gave his fortune to the poor, treated them medically, and never charged. Some of his cures were miraculous, being accomplished by prayer.

Denounced to the antiChristian authorities by other doctors during the persections of Diocletian. At trial he offered a contest to see whose prayers would cure the incurable – his or the pagan priests’. The pagans failed to help the man, a palsied paralytic, but Pantaleon cured the man by mentioning the name Jesus. Many of the witnesses converted.

The authorities tried to bribe him to denounce the faith, but failed. They then threatened him; that failed. They followed up the threats with torture. When that failed, he was executed. Martyr. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.




MLA Citation

  • “Saint Panteleon“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 April 2021. Web. 6 December 2021. <>