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Saint Castulas
St. Castulus statue at Moosburg
Died 286 AD
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast Roman Catholic Church: March 26; March 27 (Freising, Munich).
Eastern Orthodox Church: December 18[1]
Attributes spade.
Patronage shepherds; invoked against erysipelas, lightning, horse theft, wildfires, and drowning.[2]

Saint Castulus (died 286) is venerated as a martyr. According to tradition, he was the chamberlain (or officer, valet) of Emperor Diocletian and the husband of Irene of Rome, also venerated as a saint.[2]


  • Biography 1
  • Veneration of St. Castulus 2
  • Veneration of St. Irene of Rome 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


A convert to the Christian religion, he sheltered Christians in his home and arranged for religious services inside the palace of the emperor. Among those he sheltered were Mark and Marcellian.[3] He is one of the saints associated with the life and legend of Saint Sebastian.

With his friend Saint Tiburtius, he converted many men and woman to Christianity and brought them to Pope Saint Caius to be baptized.[4] He was betrayed by an apostate named Torquatus and taken before Fabian, prefect of the city.[4]

Castulus was tortured and executed by being buried alive in a sand pit on the Via Labicana. According to tradition, Irene subsequently buried the body of the martyred Sebastian. She was later martyred herself, around 288 AD.

Veneration of St. Castulus

A church dedicated to him at Rome, built on the site of his martyrdom, existed from at least the seventh century.

Castulus was venerated in Bavaria after relics of his were taken to Moosburg. Duke Heinrich der Löwe started the construction of the Kastulus Minster (cathedral) in 1171.

In 1604, relics were also brought to Landshut.[2] His relics still rest in Landshut's church of St. Martin's.

Saint Irene of Rome
Saint Irene Healing Sebastian's Wounds. Trophime Bigot.
Died 288 AD
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Feast January 22
Attributes tending to Saint Sebastian.

Veneration of St. Irene of Rome

Baroque relief showing St. Irene (Castulus' wife) curing St. Sebastian's injuries.

Irene of Rome was the widow of the martyr St. Castulus. According to legend, when Saint Sebastian was discovered to be a Christian, in 286, he was handed over to the Mauretanian archers, who pierced him with arrows; he was healed, however, by the widowed St. Irene.[5]


  1. ^ Saints, December 18, Justin Popović (Serbian)
  2. ^ a b c Name bedeutet: der Gewissenhafte (latein.) (2007-03-25). "Castulus (Kastulus) - Ökumenisches Heiligenlexikon". Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  3. ^ Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, A Dictionary of Miracles: Imitative, Realistic, and Dogmatic (Chatto and Windus, 1901), 11.
  4. ^ a b "Santos". ACI Prensa. 2007-07-29. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  5. ^ Löffler, Klemens. "St. Sebastian." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 13. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 8 Jan. 2013

External links

  • St. Castulus
  • (German) Castulus (Kastulus)
  • (Czech) SV. HAŠTAL (KASTUL)
  • (Spanish) San Castulo, Mártir
  • (German) Passion des heiligen Castulus: Gefangennahme während der Predigt
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