Son of a Greek gentile and a Jewish mother, Timothy was converted to Christianity by Paul the Apostle around 47AD. During the 15 years he worked with Paul, Timothy became one of his most faithful and trusted companions. He was the recipient of two canonical letters from Paul and became the first bishop in Ephesus. Timothy was martyred in 97AD. In the 4th century, the relics of Timothy were transferred to Constantinople and placed in the church of the Holy Apostles near the tombs of St Andrew and St Luke. Timothy is the patron invoked against stomach ailments.
“For this reason I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God….For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline….He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.”
– Saint Paul in his second letter to Saint Timothy