Timothy

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St. Timothy has been regarded by some as the "angel of the church of Ephesus", Revelation 2:1-17. According to the ancient Roman martyrology he died Bishop of Ephesus. The Bollandists (24 Jan.) give two lives of St. Timothy, one ascribed to Polycrates (an early Bishop of Ephesus, and a contemporary of St. Irenaeus) and the other by Metaphrastes, which is merely an expansion of the former. The first states that during the Neronian persecution St. John arrived at Ephesus, where he lived with St. Timothy until he was exiled to Patmos under Domitian. Timothy, who was unmarried, continued Bishop of Ephesus until, when he was over eighty years of age, he was mortally beaten by the pagans.

Saint Timothy was one of the most beloved and trusted disciples of St. Paul, who he accompanied in many of his journeys. Timothy is mentioned in

  • Acts 16:1
  • Acts 17:14-15
  • Acts 18:5
  • Acts 19:22
  • Acts 20:4
  • Romans 16:21
  • 1 Corinthians 4:17
  • 2 Corinthians 1:1, 19
  • Phillippians 1:1
  • Philippians 2:19
  • Colossians 1:1
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:1
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:2-6
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:1
  • 1 Timothy 1:2-18
  • 1 Timothy 6:20
  • 2 Timothy 1:2
  • Philemon 1:1
  • Hebrews 13:23

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