|Saints Philemon and Apphia|
|Apostles (Eastern Orthodox)|
Martyrs (Latin Rite)
Roman Catholic Church
22 November (Eastern Orthodox) (Roman Catholic)|
February 15 (Lutheran)
Philemon (/, /; Greek: Φιλήμων) was an early Christian in Asia Minor who was the recipient of a private letter from Paul of Tarsus. This letter is known as Epistle to Philemon in the New Testament. He is known as a saint by several Christian churches along with his wife Apphia.
Philemon was a wealthy Christian and a minister (possibly a bishop) of the house church that met in his home.
The Menaia of 22 November speak of Philemon as a holy apostle who, in company with Apphia, Archippus, and Onesimus had been martyred at Colossae during the first general persecution in the reign of Nero.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Philemon". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.