Born in Gaul during the middle of the third century CE, Saint Sebastian was martyred in 288 CE in Rome. Once a Roman Officer, Saint Sebastian converted to Christianity after witnessing the suffering brought by Diocletian's persecution of Christians. Reportedly, Saint Sebastion survived his first execution only to return again to Diocletian to continue preaching. He was then beaten to death by Diocletian's guards.

Saint Sebastion's feast day is January 20th.

Saint Sebastion is the Patron Saint of Athletes, Plague Victims, Soldiers and Police Officers.

A Prayer to Saint Sebastian:

Dear Commander at the Roman Emperor's court, you chose to be a soldier of Christ and dared to spread faith in the King of Kings---for which you were condemned to die. Your body, however, proved athletically strong and the executing arrows extremely weak. So another means to kill you was chosen and you gave your life to the Lord. May athletes be always as strong in their faith as their Patron Saint so clearly has been.