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St. Nereus

Feast day: May 12

Nereus was a Roman soldier who worked under Emperor Trajan. In 398, Pope Siricius built a church in his honor in Rome. Pope

Damasus wrote a brief tribute to the martyr.  He explained that Nereus and Achilleus, both soldiers,  were converted to the Christian faith. They gave up their jobs in the army and left behind their weapons forever. They were true followers of Jesus even at the cost of their own lives.

Around the year 304, Nereus was exiled from Rome to the island of Terracina where he was beheaded. He was willing to died for his faith in Jesus.

He became a very popular martyr in the early Church.

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