Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Matthew, St., one of the twelve apostles, and the reputed author of the Gospel that bears his name, was a Hebrew tax-gatherer, and seems to have been a man of some position. We read of his giving a feast and being in the upper room where Matthias was chosen in the place of Judas. According to Eusebius, he spent his later years at Jerusalem teaching the Jews, and in going on foreign missions, one being to Ethiopia. Some authorities say that he died a natural death, others that he was martyred.