Saint of the Day – 14 June – St Marcian of Syracuse (Died c 68) Martyr, Bishop of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy, Disciple of and Consecrated by St Peter, Missionary, Evangelist. Born in the first century in Antioch and died in c 68 in Syracuse, Italy by murder. Patronages – Cities of Gaeta and Syracuse, Italy. Also known as Marcellus.
The Roman Martyrology states of him today: “At Syracuse, St Marcian, Bishop, who was Consecrated Bishop by the blessed St Peter and killed by the Jews after he had preached the Gospel.”
Marcian is considered the first evangeliser of Christianity in that Italian City, where he arrived in the year 39, sent by Saint Peter, of whom he was a disciple. He is considered the first Bishop of Syracuse .
His preaching was completed with that of Saint Paul.
He made many conversions,for which he suffered persecution by the local Jewish community and in the year 68 he was Martyred.
His body is venerated in the Cathedral of Gaeta, the City of which he is a Co-patron but the oldest representation is found in the Catacomb of Santa Lucia in Syracuse.