Leonides of Alexandria
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
Eastern Orthodox Church
According to the Christian historian Eusebius, Leonides' son was the early Church father Origen. In the same passage Eusebius tells us that Leonides was martyred during the persecution of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus in the year 202 AD.
The name of Leonides' wife is unknown, but she bore at least six children after Origen.
Leonides catechized his children well. Origen attempted to follow his father in martyrdom, but he was detained by his mother - it is said that she hid his clothes so that Origen could not leave the house.
The Catholic feast of Leonides is celebrated on April 22.