Saint Patroclus of Troyes
Died c. 259 AD Troyes
Feast day January 21
Died at Troyes, France, c. 275 or 279. Saint Patroclus was a very wealthy, good, and exceedingly charitable Christian of Troyes, who was martyred by beheading in that city during the reign of Aurelian. He was highly venerated after the discovery of his acta. In 960, his relics were translated to Soerst in Westphalia (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson, Roeder). In art Saint Patroclus is a warrior pointing to a fish with a pearl in its mouth (Roeder). He is invoked against demons and fever
Saint Patroclus (Patroccus; French: Parre, German: Patroklus) of Troyes was a Christian martyr who died around 259 AD. A wealthy native of Troyes, he was noted for his charity.
Highly venerated after the discovery of his Acts, Patroclus is said to have been arrested during the persecutions of the Emperor Aurelian. He is said to have converted Sabinian of Troyes.
His persecutors attempted to drown him in the River Seine, but Patroclu
s managed to briefly escape. However, he was recaptured and beheaded at Troyes.In 960, Bruno I, Archbishop of Cologne translated Patroclus' relics from Troyes and buried them in 964 in the cathedral in Soest, Germany dedicated to the saint, where he is still today venerated.
In art, he is depicted as a warrior pointing to a fish with a pearl in its mouth. He is invoked against demons and fever.
His feast day is January 21.