Roman Archdeacon and Martyr.
Terrible persecutions were in full swing. Pope Sixtus had just been slaughtered and our hero was asked to surrender all the church valuables to the Emperor.
"Give us the church’s treasure and you’ll be free to go," he was told. So he turned up with a flock of poor, orphaned, blind and disabled people. "These are the treasures the church values above all," he claimed.
The Emperor was not amused and had our Saint broiled on a grid-iron.
Game to the last, he managed to cry out to the executioners: "Turn me over, I’m done on this side." His unquenchable spirit of humor is still reflected in his being Patron of Cooks.