Feast Day: June 11
Barnabas, Apostle to Antioch and Cyprus, was a Levite. His actual name was Joseph, or Joses, but the other Apostles chose to call him Barnabas which means “son of encouragement” or “son of consolation.” After becoming one of the earliest converts to Christianity, he sold a piece of property he owned and donated the money to Church (Acts 4:36-37). Barnabas is found primarily in the Book of Acts and also appears. Barnabas and Paul successfully evangelized among the ”God-Fearing” gentiles who attended synagogues in various Hellenized cities of Anatolia (modern day Turkey).
Traditional Identifications of St. Barnabas:
Although the date, place, and circumstances of his death are, as yet, historically unverifiable, Christian tradition holds that Barnabas was martyred at Salamis, Cyprus, in 61 AD.
He is traditionally identified as the founder of the Cypriot Church
Barnabas is usually identified as the cousin of Mark the Evangelist on the basis of Colossians 4.
Some traditions hold that Aristobulus of Britannia, one of the Seventy Disciples, was the brother of Barnabas.
For more information on the journeys and martyrdom of St. Barnabas the Apostle, visit Saints.SQPN.com and NewAdvent.org.
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