Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.
Feast Day 9 August.
Died circa 258 A.D.
Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli.
This statue is part of a group of twenty-four statues that were placed on The Colonnade,
above Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, between September 1662 and March 1667.
In total, there are now 140 statues on The Colonnade.
This Holy Soldier is represented in an attitude identical to that of Saint Dionysus,
another statue on The Colonnade, although in reverse. His Left Hand is
raised toward Saint Stephen, his Right-Hand holds The Palm of Martyrdom.
The Roman Martyrology 2004 states: " A Martyr in The Catacomb of Saint Laurence
on The Via Tiburtina, circa 258 A.D."
So it is thought that he was Martyred in the same Persecution as Saint Laurence.
He has been referred to as "Romanus Ostiarius".
Caption Text and Illustrations: ST. PETER'S BASILICA.INFO
Saint Romanus, a Soldier, begged Saint Laurence to Baptise him. This he obtained, and was, in turn, cruelly beaten and, at last, beheaded (Roman Martyrology).