The Life & Legacy of Saint Bartholomew 24.08 1

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

Saint Bartholomew was an important figure in Christian history and is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church on August 24th of each year. He rose to fame through his cunning preaching skills, miraculous works, and martyrdom. Learn more about his inspiring journey and legacy!

“Here is a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit,” are the words with which Jesus described this apostle. He is one of the pillars of the Church and one of the twelve apostles of Jesus whose memorial is marked on August 24th.

Saint Bartholomew was born in the 1st century AD in Cana of Galilee, not far from Nazareth, as a descendant of a poor Israeli family. The root of his name is found in the two words “Bar Talamaj” which means Talmaj’s son. Bartholomew is mentioned in the Gospel of John by Nathanael of Kana. He was led from the circle of the disciples of John the Baptist at the Jordan River by Philip to Jesus.

Although Philip was the one who brought Bartholomew to Christ, Jesus had already seen him and immediately recognized him as a “true Israelite”, as a simple, honest, well-meaning and sincere man. Although he was initially a little hesitant to approach the apostles, he soon acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and King of Israel.

He became a disciple of Jesus, strengthened his faith, and loved Jesus with ever-increasing love. Legend says that he also witnessed the first miracle of Jesus after his death, namely at the end of John’s Gospel, Nathanael is one of the disciples to whom Jesus appeared on Lake Tiberias after the Resurrection.

Saint Bartholomew

Saint Bartholomew in San Giovanni in Laterano (Rome)