Skip to main content

Popes Bio

St. Telesphorus - (125-136)

Saint Biography

Pope/St. Telesphorus was a Greek, probably from Calabria, who was pope from c. 125-c. 136. The story that he was an anchorite is doubtful, as is the legend that he instituted Lent. His martyrdom, however, is well-documented.

Catholic Encyclopedia

(Lived about 125-136.)

St. Telesphorus was the seventh Roman bishop in succession from the Apostles, and, according to the testimony of St. Irenæus (Adv. hæreses, III, iii, 3), suffered a glorious martyrdom. Eusebius (Hist. eccl., IV, vii, xiv) places the beginning of his pontificate in the twelfth ... Read More


Newsletter Sign Up

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 15:12-20
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 17:1, 6-7, 8, 15
[Prayer Of David] Listen, Yahweh, to an upright cause, pay ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 8:1-3
Now it happened that after this he made his way through towns ... Read More

Saint of the Day

September 19 Saint of the Day

St. Januarius
September 19: St. Januarius was born in Italy and was bishop of Benevento ... Read More