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Hesychius of Cazorla

Saint Hesychius
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Died1st century
Cazorla, Spain
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
FeastMay 15
PatronageCazorla, Spain

Saint Hesychius (Spanish: San Isicio, San Hesiquio, San Exiquio; French: Saint Hisque)[1] is venerated as the patron saint of Cazorla, Spain.

He is one of the group of Seven Apostolic Men (siete varones apostólicos), seven Christian clerics ordained in Rome by SS Peter and Paul, and sent to evangelize Spain.[2] Besides Hesychius, this group includes Torquatus, Caecilius, Ctesiphon, Euphrasius, Indaletius, and Secundius (Torcuato, Cecilio, Tesifonte, Eufrasio, Hesiquio y Segundo).

Tradition makes him a Christian missionary of the 1st century, during the Apostolic Age. He evangelized the town of Carcere, Carteia, or Carcesi, identified as Cazorla, became its first bishop, and was martyred there by stoning at La Pedriza.

The identification of the places where they are said to have evangelized is imprecise: sources also state that Carcere or Carcesi is not Cazorla but Cieza.[3]


  1. ^ Variants include Isichius, Isicius, Iscius, Hesicius, Hisicius, Esicius and Esitius.
  2. ^ Ward, Mary Augusta. "Hesychius (1)", A Dictionary of Christian Biography, (William Smith, Henry Wace, eds.), J. Murray, 1882
  3. ^ Lecciones de la cátedra de Teología ( Los orígenes históricos del cristianismo. Lección XVII: La difusión del cristianismo fuera de Palestina"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-09-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link). Cita como fuente a García Villoslada, Historia Eclesiástica de España, pg. 168

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