Socrates and Stephen

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Saint Socrates and Stephen
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast September 17

Socrates and Stephen (both died circa 307) are a pair of Christian martyrs. Their feast day is September 17.

They are recorded in certain martyrologies as having been martyred in Britain during the persecution of Diocletian,[1] which took place from 303 to 311. It has been conjectured by some that what may have happened was that "in Britannia" was mistakenly written for "in Bithynia".


  1. ^ Butler, Alban (1799). The Lives of the Primitive Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints... vol. IX (3rd ed.). J. Moir. p. 237. Their names are illustrious in the British martyrologies. They suffered during the persecution of Dioclesian. 


  • Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-14-051312-4.