Stephen is widely recognized as one of the first deacons of the Christian Church and, more significantly, the first Christian martyr. Born Jewish, his conversion to Christianity led to a heated debate with Sanhedrin elders. He was later imprisoned and stoned to death.
d. 34, Jerusalem
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Feast Day: December 26