Saint Dionysius ~ A Saint From Athens


The Areopagus in Athens
When Bible Readers think of the various places that Paul traveled to, they might think of the more obvious ones:  Jerusalem, Damascus, Antioch, Ephesus, Philippi, Thessalonica, Corinth, Rome, etc. 

Athens might not pop into mind, however, Paul did indeed go to Athens for a brief visit.  While there, he preached in the synagogue, the public square, and then a special forum in Athens called the Areopagus.  It was at the Areopagus that Dionysius (who was a member of the Areopagus Council) heard Paul preach and became a believer.
The Feast of Saint Dionysius is October 3.
Damaris is the name of a lady who also believed Paul’s message.  The Orthodox Church claims Damaris as a saint and assigns October 3 as her feast day as well.
You can meet Dionysius and Damaris briefly during the story of Paul’s visit to Athens at Acts 17: 16-34.