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Saint Secundus of Abla
Tomb of Saint Secundus (San Segundo). Hermitage of San Segundo, Ávila.
Martyr
Died 1st century, Abula, Spain
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Major shrine Hermitage of San Segundo, Ávila
Feast May 15; May 2
Patronage Abla, Spain; Ávila, Spain

Saint Secund(i)us (Spanish: San Segundo) is venerated as a Christian missionary and martyr of the 1st century, during the Apostolic Age. He evangelized the town of Abula, which has been identifed as either Ávila or Abla, and became its first bishop. Ávila may have been the ancient town known as Abula, mentioned by Ptolemy in his Geographia (II 6, 60) as being located in the Iberian region of Bastetania.[1] Abula is mentioned as one of the first cities in Hispania that was Christianized, specifically by Secundus.[1] However, Ávila may have been the ancient Obila instead, while Abula may have been the town of Abla.[1]

He is one of the group of Seven Apostolic Men (siete varones apostólicos), seven Christian clerics ordained in Rome by Saints Peter and Paul and sent to evangelize Spain. Besides Secundius, this group includes Sts. Hesychius, Caecilius, Torquatus, Euphrasius, Indaletius, and Ctesiphon.

References

  1. ^ a b c Avitiano (December 23, 2008). "Abulenses". Centro de estudios abulenses. http://centrodeestudiosabulenses.blogia.com/temas/abulenses.php. Retrieved February 20, 2009.  

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