Saints of the Day – Daniel of Padua, Deacon

detail of a bronze sculpture of Saint Daniel the Deacon, doors of the Basilica of Saint Anthony, Padua, Italy; date unknown, artist unknown; photographed on 18 May 2014 by Alekjds; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Died 168; relics translated January 3, 1064. Daniel was a deacon was is said to have been of Jewish extraction. He aided Saint Prosdocimus, the first bishop of Padua, in his apostolate in northeastern Italy. He was martyred for his efforts. His body was discovered many centuries later and solemnly enshrined in Padua (Benedictines). He is depicted as a deacon holding a towel and laver. He is invoked by women whose husbands are at war. Also invoked during confinement, and to find lost articles (Roeder).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 May 2020. Web. 5 July 2020. <>