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St. Peter the Apostle

Feast day: June 29

Peter was born in Bethsaida, son of Jonah. He worked as a fisherman with his brother Andrew out of Capernaum on the sea of Galilee.

Jesus called him as a disciple with the title Cephas (Peter or rock) and this became his personal name replacing Simon. The synoptic gospels all recount how Peter's mother-in-law was healed by Jesus at their home in Capernaum implying that Peter was married.

Matthew and Mark report that while fishing, Peter and Andrew were called by Jesus to be his followers, with the words, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men". In Luke's account Peter is the owner of a boat that Jesus uses to preach to the multitudes who were pressing on him at the shore of Lake Gennesaret. Jesus then amazes Peter and his companions by telling them to lower their nets, whereupon they catch a huge number of fish. Immediately after this, they follow him.

Peter was present at the transfiguration. At the Last Supper Peter says to Jesus, "I will never desert you", Jesus replies "you will deny me three times". Peter denied Jesus three times. Jesus shows himself to the disciples and forgives Peter.

In the Acts of the Apostles Peter is portrayed as an extremely important figure within the early Christian community, with Peter delivering a significant speech during Pentecost. He also preaches to the Jews, and to the council where he says "the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone."

Peter was often arrested but in Acts 12, he is set free by an angel of God. Peter was martyred in the year 64AD

St Peter is celebrated on 29th June.

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