ST. SEBASTIAN – Patron of Athletes/Soldiers
Sebastian, a soldier in the Roman Army, was persecuted by Emperor Diocletian for his faith. Sentenced to death by being shot with arrows, his punishment is the most common depiction of his martyrdom. Healed by Irene, who was sent to bury him, he appeared before Diocletian, admonishing his efforts, before being clubbed to death.
b.c. 256 AD, Narbonne, Gaul d.c. 288AD
Patronage: Soldiers, Archers, Athletes, Those plague stricken
Feast Day: January 20
Memorial Day Jan 20