(died circa 288)
Patron of athletes & soldiers
Saint Sebastian was a favorite officer in the Imperial Roman Army. During the persecution of Christian’s, Sebastian helped, healed and comforted the Christians in prison. He converted many soldiers. As punishment for his faith he was tied to a tree, shot with arrows and left for dead. But he survived and returned to preach again. He was then beaten to death. He is associated with athletes because of his physical and mental strength and endurance.