St. Luke was a man from Antioch, Syria, a physician by profession. He was a disciple of the apostles, and later he accompanied Paul until his martyrdom. Having neither wife nor child, he served the Lord without distraction. Moved by the Holy Spirit, Luke composed the Gospel in the districts around Achaia. His feast day is celebrated on October 18th and his symbol is the ox or calf which actually symbolizes a sacrifice. St. Luke is known as the patron saint of physicians and surgeons. There are different accounts of St. Luke’s exact death. It is said that at the age of 84, St. Luke was martyred by idolaters who tortured and hanged him on an olive tree in the town of Thebes.