St. Bartholomew

St. Bartholomew

Feast Day: August 24
Patron of: Bookbinders, butchers, leather workers, shoemakers, plasterers

Not much is known about St. Bartholomew from Sacred Scripture, beyond the fact that he witnessed the Ascension. Tradition holds that St. Bartholomew helped bring Christianity to Armenia and India after Christ’s death and Resurrection. Colorful stories are told about his statue on the island of Lipari. For instance, it once grew immensely heavy during a procession through the city streets. While the people tried to lift the statue, stone walls a short way down the procession route collapsed. The statue’s sudden weight-gain had saved the lives of hundreds.

St. Bartholomew, like many of the Twelve Apostles, was born into humble surroundings. His name means “Son of the Furrows.” He is proof that God can do tremendous things with our lives if we let him.