The Conversion of St Paul is a feast day where the Church remembers Paul as a tireless missionary and author of important letters contained in the New Testament. While on his way to Damascus to make new arrests of Christians, Paul, also known as Saul was suddenly converted by a miraculous apparition of Our Lord. From a fierce persecutor, he became the great Apostle of the Gentiles. He made three missionary journeys which brought him to the great centers of Asia Minor and southern Europe and made many converts. Fourteen of his Epistles are found in the New Testament. He was beheaded in Rome in 66, and his body is kept in the Basilica of St. Paul near the Ostian Way. Paul is the Patron Saint of missions and Gentile Christians.