Matthew was a Jew living in Capernaum. There he collected taxes. Jesus asked Matthew to "Follow Me!" Matthew decided to leave his job of tax collecting and follow Jesus.
After Jesus ascended into heaven and the Holy Spirit came, Matthew preached the Good News in (as stories go) Persia, Syria, Greece, and Ethiopia.
The Gospel of Matthew tells about Jesus' teachings, sufferings, death, and resurrection. He teaches that Jesus is truly Lord and King, the Messiah foretold by the prophets.
The symbol for Matthew is a winged man because his Gospel begins with the human family line of Christ.
Matthew died a martyr for Jesus in Ethiopia.
Saint Matthew was an Apostle and Evangelist. He is the patron of bankers, accountants, tax-gatherers, and security guards.