The third bishop (Patriarch) of Antioch, succeeding Evodius around 68AD. St. Ignatius, who most likely, with Polycarp Bishop of Smyrna were fellow-disciples under St. Peter and St. John. His history is sufficiently indicated in his Epistles. St. Ignatius is one of the little children whom the Lord blessed, and was placed in the midst of all his apostles (Matthew 18: 2). He belonged to a Syrian family, strongly affected by Western civilization which had discarded native names.