Saint Simon the Apostle

marble statue of Saint Simon by Francesco Moratti, 1708-09; Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Rome, ItalyAlso known as

  • Nathanael of Cana
  • Simon Kananaios
  • Simon Kananites
  • Simon the Cananean
  • Simon the Zealot
  • Simon Zealotes



Apostle. Called the Cananean or Zealot because of his zeal for the Jewish law; he was not from Cana, nor a member of the Zealot party. Like all the Apostles, he was a convert, and was trained by Saint Peter the Apostle. Evangelized in Egypt and Mesopotamia, though there are traditions of him being in several other locations. He was a martyr for the faith, but several places claim to have been the site of that, too.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Simon the Apostle“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 September 2021. Web. 3 December 2021. <>