Zoticus of Comana

Zoticus was a 3rd-century martyr and bishop of Comana (also spelled Conana or Comama). Zoticus is known for his opposition to the Montanist heresy.[1] He died in 204 a martyr.[1] A life of Zoticus, the Vita Zotici, was written during the reign of Michael IV (1034–41). The town of Saint-Zotique, Quebec is named for him, as is Rue St Zotique in Montreal.

Saint Zoticus
Martyr and Bishop of Comana
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast21 July


Zoticus of Comana is sometimes identified with Comana in Cappadocia,[1] but other sources dispute this identification,[2] and suggest a Comana in Italy.[3] Zoticus is known for his opposition to the Montanist heresy.[1][4] Sometime in the 3rd century Bishop Zoticus and Bishop Julian of Apamea went to a town called Pepuza to exorcize demons from Maximilla. While in Papuza they muzzled the followers of Themiso to stop them from spreading falsehood,[5] and Zoticus tried to prove Maximilla why Montanism was wrong.[6][7] Zoticus' exorcism was stopped by followers of Themiso.[8] Zoticus became a martyr during the persecution of Septimius Severus,[3] around the year 204.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Butler, Alban. Lives of the Saints, Vol. VII, 1866
  2. ^ Comana
  3. ^ a b St. Zoticus Catholic Online
  4. ^ Holweck, Frederick George (1924). A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints: With a General Introduction on Hagiology Volume 1. B. Herder Book Company.
  5. ^ Eusebius, Caesariensis (1991). Church history ; Life of Constantine the Great ; and Oration in praise of Constantine. T. & T. Clark ; W.B. Eerdmanns. ISBN 978-0-567-09410-0.
  6. ^ McKechnie, Paul (2019). Christianizing Asia Minor:Conversion, Communities, and Social Change in the Pre-Constantinian Era. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-110-848-146-5.
  7. ^ Durell, J.C.V (1997). The Historic Church: An Essay on the Conception of the Christian Church and Its Ministry in the Sub-apostolic Age. Wipf & Stock Publishers. ISBN 978-157-910-075-9.
  8. ^ Bacon, Benjamin Wisner (1910). The Fourth Gospel in Research and Debate: A Series of Essays on Problems Concerning the Origin and Value of the Anonymous Writings Attributed to the Apostle John. Moffat, Yard.