St. John, an Apostle and Evangelist, walked beside Jesus and lived with him, watching Jesus perform miracles, listening to his teachings, and receiving signs of personal love.
According to Matthew's Gospel, John was in a boat mending nets with his older brother James and his father Zebedee when Jesus called to them, "Follow Me!"
John was favored by Jesus to take care of his mother, Mary, to be her son.
The symbol for John is the eagle. An eagle soars higher than other birds, and John's ideas reached heights that the other Gospels do not.
John is the author of three letters and the Book of Revelation. He was exiled to the Isle of Patmos, where he died.
St. John is the patron of Turkey and protection against poison.