Patron of Prisoners
|Bust of the Busted|
Ferreol was a military tribune (command staff officer) who tried to shield a fellow Christian named Julian of Brioude. Julian was beheaded, but the proconsul Crispin gave Ferreol some time in jail to think things over. Is it better to sacrifice a stick of incense to a block of stone or sacrifice your life to an invisible god?
Fortunately, while he was left to his thoughts, Ferreol managed to shed his shackles and make a break for it. One source I have suggests that he was locked in the latrine and escaped via the sewer, but that same source puts this in the Decian persecution. Others suggest that he lived (and died) during the Diocletian persecution five decades later, so it is tough to know what to believe.
I like the latrine story for a couple of reasons. First, it has a certain repellent humor about it. Second... no, it's just potty humor. I like it.
He was apprehended down by the river. The guards were planning to return him for judgment, but he got on their nerves (inconvenience? preaching? smell?) and they beheaded him en route.
There are several saints named Ferreol, but if you're reading this in stir, Ferreol of Vienna is your man.