Apostles Jason and Sosipater of the Seventy
Commemorated on April 29
Both were disciples of the Apostle Paul, who mentions them in
his Epistle to the Romans: "Jason and Sosipater my kinsmen greet you" (16:21).
Jason was born in Tarsus of Cilicia (as was the Apostle Paul), and became bishop
of that town. Sosipater was from Patras of Achaia (now Greece), and became
bishop of Iconium. After serving their flocks for many years, these two
travelled together to Corfu, where they were the first to preach the Gospel.
They were furiously opposed by the ruler of that island, but when he died, the
new king came to faith in Christ and was baptised with the name Sebastian. Jason
and Sosipater remained on Corfu, freely preaching the Gospel and building up the
Church until they reposed in great old age. An ancient church in the city of
Corfu, dating from the first centuries, bears inscriptions that mention the
Saints by name.