October 17 - Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Quick Facts

  • Convert from paganism to Christianity.
  • Succeeded Peter as bishop of Antioch, Syria.
  • Served during persecution of Domitian.
  • During the persecution of Trajan, he was ordered taken to Rome to be killed by wild animals.
  • On the way, a journey which took months, he wrote a series of encouraging letters to the churches under his care.
  • First writer to use the term the Catholic Church.
  • Apostolic Father.
  • Martyr.
  • His name occurs in the ""Nobis quoque peccatoribus"" in the Canon of the Mass.
  • Legend says he was the infant that Jesus took into his arms in Mark 9