Born in Tarsus of Jewish parents – he was a Roman citizen by birth.  He took part in the persecution of  St. Stephen.  He was sent to Jerusalem where he was educated in ancestral law.  He was a zealot.  He returned to Tarsus sometime before the public life of Christ.  On the way to Damascus to arrest Christians, Jesus appeared to him in a blaze of light and spoke to him.  He was transformed and converted to Christianity and became an Apostle.

FEAST DAY- January 25

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