Saint Philemon

jpg illustration of Saint Onesimus returning to Philemon, the letter from Saint Paul the Apostle in his hand; taken from 'Pictorial Lives of the Saints', 1892, artist unknownMemorial


First century Christian convert at Colossae, Phrygia, brought to the faith by Saint Paul the Apostle. Married to Saint Apphia. Subject of Paul‘s canonical Epistle to Philemon in which he asks Philemon to accept back the runaway slave Saint Onesimus, receiving him as a brother Christian; tradition says that he freed the slave. Martyred with Saint Apphia.



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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Philemon“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 February 2019. Web. 23 April 2021. <>