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Saint Titus
Bishop and Martyr
Born 1st century AD
Died 96 or 107 AD, Gortyn, Crete
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Churches
Eastern Catholic Churches
Anglican Communion
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Feast January 26
February 6 (on some local calendars and among Traditional Roman Catholics)

Saint Titus was a companion of Saint Paul, mentioned in several of the Pauline epistles. Titus was with Paul and Barnabas at Antioch and accompanied them to the Council of Jerusalem,[1] although his name occurs nowhere in the Acts of the Apostles.

He appears to have been a Gentile – for Paul sternly refused to have him circumcised, because Paul believed Christ's gospel freed believers from the requirements of the Mosaic Law – and to have been chiefly engaged in ministering to Gentiles. At a later period, Paul's epistles place him with Paul and Timothy at Ephesus, whence he was sent by Paul to Corinth for the purpose of getting the contributions of the church there on behalf of the poor Christians at Jerusalem sent forward.[2] He rejoined Paul when he was in Macedonia, and cheered him with the tidings he brought from Corinth.[3] After this his name is not mentioned until after Paul's first imprisonment, when he was engaged in the organization of the church in Crete, where Paul had left him for this purpose.[4] The last notice of him is in 2 Timothy 4:10, where he appeared with Paul at Rome during his second imprisonment. From Rome he was sent into Dalmatia. The New Testament does not record his death.

According to tradition, Paul ordained Titus bishop of Gortyn in Crete. He died in the year 107, aged about 95.

It has been argued that the name "Titus" in 2 Corinthians and Galatians is nothing more than an informal name used by Timothy, implied already by the fact that even though both are said to be long-term close companions of Paul, they never appear in common scenes.[5] The theory proposes that a number of passages—1 Cor. 4:17, 16.10; 2 Cor. 2:13, 7:6, 13-14, 12:18; and Acts 19.22—all refer to the same journey of a single individual, Titus-Timothy. Paul's Epistle 2 Timothy seems to dispute this, by claiming that Titus has gone to Dalmatia.[6] However, 2 Timothy is regarded as pseudepigraphic by the majority of modern scholars.[7 ]

The feast day of Titus was not included in the Tridentine Calendar. When added in 1854, it was assigned to 6 February.[8] In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church assigned the feast to 26 January so as to celebrate the two disciples of Paul, Titus and Timothy, on the day after the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.[9] The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America celebrates these two, together with Silas, on the same date. The Eastern Orthodox Church commemorates him on 25 August and on 4 January.


  1. ^ Galatians 2:1-3; Acts 15:2
  2. ^ 2 Corinthians 8:6; 12:18
  3. ^ 7:6-15
  4. ^ Titus 1:5
  5. ^ Fellows, Richard G. "Was Titus Timothy?" Journal for the Study of the New Testament 81 (2001):33-58.
  6. ^ cf 2 Timothy 4:10
  7. ^ New Testament Letter Structure, from Catholic Resources by Felix Just, S.J.
  8. ^ Calendarium Romanum (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1969), p. 86
  9. ^ Calendarium Romanum (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1969), p. 116


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