Matthew was one of the 12 disciples and the author of the First Gospel – Book of Matthew.
Matthew was the son of Alphaeus. He was called to be an apostle by Jesus while sitting at the tax collector’s place in Capernaum. Hence, his symbol is a bag(s) of money.
According to tradition, he went to Ethiopia after preaching to the Jews in Palestine.
Traditional accounts of Matthew’s death vary. Some say he died a natural death. Others say he was crucified in Ethiopia and was then beheaded.
St. Matthew’s Feast Day is September 21