St. Peter

Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ and played a prominent role in the early Christian Church. He is traditionally considered the first pope by the Catholic Church and is often depicted holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, symbolizing his role as the earthly head of the Church. Peter is perhaps best known for his proclamation of faith in Jesus as the Messiah and for his threefold denial of Jesus during his trial. Despite his shortcomings, Peter was chosen by Jesus to be the "rock" upon which He would build His Church. Peter preached the Gospel in Jerusalem and other parts of the Roman Empire and was eventually martyred in Rome, reportedly being crucified upside down at his own request, as he did not consider himself worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus. Saint Peter is revered as a saint and is considered a patron of fishermen, net makers, and the papacy.

Feast Day is on June 29