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Parmenas the Deacon
Parmenas, whose name derives from a Greek word for strong, was one of the seven chosen to attend to the needs of Greek-speaking widows and of the poor in the Christian community at Jerusalem. The details of his life are not known. He is said to have preached in Asia before settling in Macedonia; Hippolytus says that Parmenas was the bishop of Soli. Traditionally, he is thought to have been martyred c. 98 at Philippi, where his cult has been strongest.
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