St. Paul the Apostle is among the most influential early Christians. He was a preacher and a writer, and many of his writings are found in the New Testament of the Bible.
St. Paul was originally known as Saul, before his conversion to Christianity. According to the Acts of the Apostles, his conversion took place on the road to Damascus, where he claimed to experience a vision of Jesus after his resurrection, and was temporarily blinded. Following his conversion, St. Paul described himself as a servant of Christ Jesus, and said that Jesus was the Son of God. The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul is celebrated January 25.
St. Paul journeyed from Jerusalem to Rome, spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. He wrote 14 letters that are addressed to, among others, the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, and Thessalonians. Ancient tradition is that St. Paul suffered martyrdom near Rome, at an undetermined date.