Saint of the Month – February: St. Valentine

St. Valentine was a Roman priest, who is thought to have assisted martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. His feast day is February 14.

Though the origins of St. Valentine are unknown, he was a third century Roman. There are two theories of Valentine’s existence. One is that he was martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. The other is of a temple priest imprisoned for defying the law, including celebrating Christian weddings and aiding Christians who were being persecuted for their beliefs. He was arrested, and later condemned to death after trying to convert the emperor. He was beheaded in Rome around the year 269. Pope Gelasius, in the year 496, marked February 14 as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

St. Valentine is the patron saint of affianced and engaged couples, happy marriages, love, and travelers.