St. Honoratus of Arles – January 16

Saint Honoratus of Arles, Patron Saint against Misfortune

Extract from St. Honoratus:  “Archbishop of Arles; b. about 350; . . . It is believed that he was born in the north of Gaul and that he belonged to an illustrious pagan family. Converted to Christianity with his brother Venantius, he embarked with him from Marseilles about 368, under the guidance of a holy person named Caprasius, . . .  They returned to Gaul through Italy, and, after having stopped at Rome, Honoratus went on into Provence and, encouraged by Leontius, Bishop of Fréjus, took up his abode in the wild island of Lérins with the intention of living there in solitude. Numerous disciples soon gathered around him and thus was founded the monastery, which has enjoyed so great a celebrity and which was during the fifth and sixth centuries a nursery for illustrious bishops and remarkable ecclesiastical writers. Honoratus’s reputation for sanctity throughout the south-eastern portion of Gaul was such that in 426 after the assassination of Patroclus, Archbishop of Arles, he was summoned from his solitude to succeed to the government of the diocese, which the Arian and Manichaean heresies had greatly disturbed. He appears to have succeeded in re-establishing order and orthodoxy, while still continuing to direct from afar the monks of Lérins. However, the acts of his brief pontificate are not known. He died in the arms of Hilary, one of his disciples and probably a relative, who was to succeed him in the See of Arles.” See picture of Saint Honoratus of Arles (left) and Genesius of Arles (right). See also: Honoratus (Multilingual)Saint Honoratus of Arles (En),  SAINT HONORATUS, Archbishop of Arles (En), SAN HONORATO DE ARLÉS (C. 350-429) (Sp), Sant’ Onorato di Arles Vescovo (It), SAINT HONORAT D’ARLES (Fr) and Św. Honorat z Arles (Po).

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We at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Honoratus of Arles on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Earthquake in New Zealand (September 4, 2010) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  September 13 – September 26, 2010.

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