Saint Daniel worked as a missionary to workers in a mine with Elias, Jeremy, Samuel and Isaias. The individuals sent to work in the mines had been ordered to do so by the Egyptians. When word spread that Daniel and his companions were Christians, they were tortured and ultimately beheaded. They suffered as martyrs for the Christian faith.
Daniel is remembered for the compassion that he shared with Christian slaves. He also cared for the needs of those he met in prison. He continued his life’s work despite the fact that Christianity was not accepted in Egypt.
Today, Saint Daniel remains as the Patron Saint of Prisoners. Prisoners can call upon Saint Daniel for protection and continued guidance in the Christian faith. He also serves as a patron for wives who have husbands at war. Wives can seek guidance from Saint Daniel for courage in their faith and that their husbands have continued perseverance.