St. Paul

Feast day: 29th June

Patronage: Missions, Theologians

St. Paul was largely responsible for the initial spread of Christianity. His most prominent works include 13 epistles in the Christian Scriptures. A Hellenistic Jew, St Paul is known worldwide as one of the earliest Christian missionaries, along with Saint Peter and James the Just. This eminent apostle, originally named Saul, was a Jew of pure Hebrew descent, of the tribe of Benjamin. He was born at Tarsus in Cilicia, and was by birth a free Roman citizen

About A.D. 59, having visited Jerusalem for the fifth time since his conversion, the populace there assailed him, and would have killed him, but an officer took him into custody and sent him to the Roman Governor Felix, at Caesarea, where he was detained a prisoner for two years. Having finally appealed to the Roman Emperor, according to the privilege of a Roman citizen, he was sent to Rome. On the voyage thither, he suffered shipwreck at Melita (probably Malta), in the spring of 61. At Rome, he was treated with respect, being allowed to dwell "for two whole years in his own hired house." Whether he ever left the city or not cannot be positively demonstrated, but it is believed by many critics, from a variety of considerations, that he did obtain his liberty about A.D. 64, and that he made journeys both to the East and to the West, revisiting Asia Minor, and carrying out his long-cherished wish of preaching the gospel in Spain, then thought to be the western limit of the world. Meanwhile, the great and mysterious burning of Rome occurred, generally attributed to Nero. The latter threw the blame on the Christians who were, in consequence, subjected to a severe persecution. Among the victims may have been Paul who, according to traditions, suffered death in A.D. 67.

Area: Sanganoor

Kudumbasamelanam: 1st Sunday

Number of Family: 39

Animators

Sr. Lisa George

Sr. Paulita

Executive Members

Mr. M A Antony

Convenor

Mrs. Ancy Lijohn

Joint Convenor

Mr. Vincent Vellanikkaran

Secretary

Mrs. Seeja Varghese

Joint Secretary

Mr. C C Prince

Treasurer

Unit Prathinithikal

Mr. P S Felix

Mr. Michael Raj

Mr. Joshi Raphael