|Our Lady Queen of Martyrs' Church, Chideock|
Philomen was a wealthy individual who shared his goods with the poor and needy and whose house became a meeting place for converts and catechumens. St Paul addresses him warmly in his Epistle to the Colossians as his 'dear and intimate friend.'
He and his wife, Apphia were stoned to death in Colossae.
For some reason, he is cited as the Patron Saint of Dancers so, in one of Holy Mother Church's wonderful quirks, he shares his feastday with the Patron Saint of Music, St Cecilia.
Saint Philomen and Saint Cecilia - Ora pro nobis