Feast day: April 12th
When did St. Zeno live: 300-371
Biography of St. Zeno:
Zeno was a native of Africa and had a very good classical education before becoming bishop of the northern Italian city Verona in 362. He converted many people and had great influence on the missionary work. Also, he wrote many texts where it is clear that he was against arianism. Zeno's episcopate lasted for about ten years and it is said that he built the first basilica in Verona which still exists nowadays and that he often went fishing in order to feed himself. It is believed that he died on the 12th of April 371.
Patronage: Saint Zeno is patron saint of fishermen and anglers, the city Verona, newborn babies and of children learning to speak and walk.
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Zeno - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Zeno is shown as a bishop with miter, crosier, book and fish.