Happy Feast Day
Saint Cornelius the Centurion
1st century
Feast Day: September 1...

Happy Feast Day
Saint Cornelius the Centurion
1st century
Feast Day: September 13
Patronage: soldiers, benefactors, philanthropists, Jewish converts

Saint Cornelius the Centurion was the first non-Jewish convert to Christianity. He was an Italian Captain of the Roman Army. As related in the Acts of the Apostles, an angel appeared to him and invited him to seek St. Peter for instructions and baptism. At the same time, St. Peter had a vision from God that released the Jews and converts from the strict dietary Mosaic laws. After St. Peter baptized Cornelius and his family the Holy Spirit descended upon all of them.
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