St. Mary's Anglican Catholic Church

Diocese of the Midwest

St Denys, an Italian bishop & missionary, established a Christian church on an island on the Seine River in Gaul (modern France), which is the site of city of Paris today, in the first half of the third century. Denys was assisted in his work by Rusticus, a priest, and Eleutherius, a deacon, representing the three orders of sacred ministry. The trio made many converts; but they also met intense resistance to the Gospel. They were all beheaded on what became known as “Martyrs Hill” during the persecution of the saints under the Emperor Valerius in 258AD. Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. (St Luke 12:4-5)