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Episode 5—St. Polycarp and the Social Network

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 06, 2019 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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St. Polycarp of Smyrna was a man with many connections. He knew the Apostle John, and St. Ignatius of Antioch, and St. Irenaeus of Lyon, and Pope Anicetus, and the arch-heretic Marcion. He also sought the company of many elders who had heard Jesus and witnessed the Lord’s miracles. Polycarp led a long and fascinating life, and he died a martyr’s death. In this episode we tell his story through his many relationships—his social network in the infant church, which like an infant child was rapidly growing in 150 A.D.


Kenneth Howell’s new translation of ancient works by and about St. Polycarp

St. Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians

The Church of Smyrna’s account of Polycarp’s martyrdom

Audio of the ancient works related to St. Polycarp

More Works by the Fathers

Mike Aquilina’s Website

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of

Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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