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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
He became a very popular martyr in the early Church.