(Revered as the first martyr, and the most famous deacon in the early Christian Church)
Patronage: bricklayers; deacons; stonemasons
Name meaning: “Crown”
Also known as: Stephen the Deacon
Little is known of Stephen’s early life and conversion. His name is Greek, but he is believed to have been of Jewish origin. Kelil, the Aramaic equivalent of Stephen, is inscribed upon his tomb, found in 415. He is mentioned in Acts 6:5 as one of seven deacons chosen by the apostles to help look after widows and the poor.