Patiens of Lyons

(d. c. 480)

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Bishop (d. c.480).

Of aristocratic origin, Patiens became bishop of Lyons before 450. Invasions of the Goths were a constant difficulty, but Patients proved to be a strong man of the kind most needed. Described by Sidonius Apollinaris as ‘Holy, active, ascetic, and compassionate’, he needed and exercised all these qualities in his episcopate of thirty years. He combined great love of the poor with enterprise shown in the building and repair of churches. He is said to have fed thousands during the famines of 472 and 475, but he also worked hard at reconciling Arian heretics, including some bishops. His all-round ability enabled him to write books and take part in councils, notably at Arles (474) and he was the patron of Constantius' Life of Germanus of Auxerre. He was buried in the church of Saint-Juste and completed the church of St Etienne, both in Lyons. Feast: 11 September.

AA.SS., s.d.; Bibl. SS., x. 426–7; B.L.S., ix. 99–100.

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