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St. Genesius of Rome

St. Genesius of Rome

Born: unknown

Died: c.303

Canonized: pre-Congregation

Feast Day: August 25

Patron Saint of: actors, epilepsy, printers, secretaries, stenographers, theatrical performers, musicians

Genesius was a comedian that performed in Rome during the 4th Century. The leader of a theatrical group, Genesius was performing one day before the Emperor Diocletian a skit that ridiculed Christian rites. During this comedy act, Genesius pretended to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. When the water was poured on him he proclaimed himself a Christian. Diocletian at first enjoyed the realistic play, but finding Genesius to be in earnest, ordered him to be tortured and then beheaded.

[ Source: Catholic Encyclopedia ]