Saint Parmenas the Deacon

Also known as

  • Parmena



One of the seven deacons appointed by the Apostles to minister to Hellenized Jews of Jerusalem who had converted to Christianity. Their work is described in the Acts of the Apostles. Parmenas preached in Asia Minor. Martyred in the persecutions of Trajan.



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 Parmenas the Deacon“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 October 2021. Web. 26 January 2022. <>