Patroclus of Troyes

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Saint Patroclus of Troyes
Soest - St-Patrokli-Dom 17 ies.jpg
Born Troyes
Died c. 259 AD
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church, Greek Orthodox Church
Feast January 21
Attributes depicted as a warrior pointing to a fish with a pearl in its mouth
Patronage invoked against demons and fever

Saint Patroclus (Patroccus; French: Parre, German: Patroklus) of Troyes was a Christian martyr who died around 259 AD. A wealthy native of Troyes, he was noted for his charity.

Highly venerated after the discovery of his Acts, Patroclus is said to have been arrested during the persecutions of the Emperor Aurelian. He is said to have converted Sabinian of Troyes.[1]

His persecutors attempted to drown him in the River Seine, but Patroclus managed to briefly escape. However, he was recaptured and beheaded at Troyes.


Bruno I, Archbishop of Cologne translated Patroclus' relics from Troyes to Cologne in 960, and transferred them in 964 in Soest, Germany, where they are held in the church St. Patrokli, dedicated to the saint.

In art, he is depicted as a warrior pointing to a fish with a pearl in its mouth. He is invoked against demons and fever.

His feast day is January 21.


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