Saint Parthenius

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Saint Parthenius
Born Armenia
Died 3rd century
Venerated in Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy
Major shrine Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Monastery of Holy Heart of Jesus in Zhovkva, western Ukraine
Feast May 19

Saint Parthenius (died 3rd century) was an early Christian saint and martyr from Rome, venerated both by Catholic and Orthodox churches. His brother was Saint Calocerus. He is the patron of Galicia and included in their list of Orthodox saints.


While serving as a eunuch in his wife's palace, Parthenius was accused by Roman emperor Decius with embezzlement of Anatolia's money, and with the capital crime of Christianity. Ignoring the financial accusations, Parthenius and his brother defended the Christian faith. The court took their defense as an admission of their Christianity and sentenced them to death. Parthenius was thrown into a bonfire but did not burn. In order to carry out his sentence, guards took flaming brands from the fire and beat him to death. He was buried in the catacombs under Saint Callixtus.


In the 18th century, relics of St. Parthenius were moved to Vienna. In 1784, with the permission of Pope Pius VI, the relics were moved to Zhovkva in Eastern Galicia (then Austrian Empire, nowadays western Ukraine). They are now preserved in the Basilian Ukrainian Greek-Catholic monastery of Holy Jesus Heart in Zhovkva.

Memorial day[edit]

  • 19 May