Saint Dennis of Paris, Saint Dennis of France, Saint Denys of Paris, Saint Dionysius of Paris.
Date of Birth:
3rd century AD
Date of Death:
Artworks featuring Saint Dennis often show the Bishop of Paris holding his head (sometimes wearing its mitre) in his hands with a vine growing over his neck. Saint Dennis is one of the many cephalophores among the saints.
Is venerated as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, a group of saints invoked because they have proven themselves to be helpers in adversity and difficulty, especially during the time of the Black Plague.
Saint Denis (also called Dionysius, Dennis, or Denys) is a Christian martyr and saint. In the third century, he was Bishop of Paris. He was martyred in connection with the Decian persecution of Christians, shortly after A.D. 250. After his head was chopped off, Denis is said to have picked it up and walked ten kilometres (six miles), preaching a sermon the entire way, making him one of many cephalophores in hagiology. He is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as patron of Paris, France and as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. The medieval and modern French name "Denis" derives from the ancient name Dionysius.