Saint Paul is one of the most important and influential of all the saints. Many of his writings are contained in the Canon of the Bible and have influenced the growth and development of the Church since the first century.
St. Paul was originally known as Saul, and he was a Roman citizen and a Pharisee. He even presided over the persecutions of the early Christians and was present at the martyrdom of St. Stephen. However, Saul experienced a powerful vision that caused him to convert to Christianity while on the road to Damascus. He was duly baptized and took the name Paul.
Paul traveled the world, preaching ceaselessly, often drawing criticism and ire from those who rebuffed his message. After establishing his churches, Paul remained in communication with the faithful, often writing letters to answer questions and resolve disputes. The letters that have survived have become part of the Bible.
Two of our residential homes in Central Alberta, one in Red Deer and one in Wetaskiwin, chose St. Paul as their patron Saint because even though he experienced a great number of hardship and challenges in his life, he overcame them to become an influential and respected teacher.