Saint of the Day – 9 October – Saints Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

The Memorial of Saints Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius

Saints Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius is the Patron Saint of France

Saints Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Saints Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius brief life History

Date of Birth Early 3rd Century
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Bishops who became Saints
Profession Bishop
Place of Work Paris, France
Date of Death 258 A.D
Place of Death Paris, France
Feast Day 9 October
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of France

Saints Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius Short life History

The first mention we have of these three martyrs who died around 258 A.D. comes in the sixth century in the writings of Saint Gregory of Tours.

Denis (or Dionysius as he is also called) is the most famous of the three. Born and raised in Italy, he was sent as a missionary to Gaul (now France) circa 250 A.D. by Pope St. Clement along with five other bishops.

Denis made his base of missionary activity an island in the Seine near the city of Lutetia Parisorium — what would become Paris. For this reason he is know as the first bishop of Paris and the Apostle of France. There he was captured by the Parisians along with Rusticus and Eleutherius. Later writers have referred to these as Denis' priest and deacon, or his deacon and subdeacon, but we have no further information on them.

After a long imprisonment and several aborted executions, the three martyrs were beheaded with a sword and their bodies were thrown into the river. Denis' body was retrieved from the Seine by his converts and buried. The chapel that was built over his tomb grew into the abbey of Saint-Denis.

In the ninth century, Denis' story and identity became fused and confused with Dionysius the Areopagite and Pseudo-Dionysius, but later scholarship has re-established his identity as a separate saint.

Recognized since the time of St. Gregory as a special saint of Paris, Denis is the patron saint of France.

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Recognized since the time of St. Gregory as a special saint of Paris, Denis is the patron saint of France.