Monday, February 24, 2020

Saint of the Day – 26 June – Saint Vigilius of Trent

The Memorial of Saint Vigilius of Trent

Saint Vigilius of Trent is the Patron Saint of • Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone, Italy
• Trent, Italy
• Tyrol, Italy

Saint Vigilius of Trent Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Saint Vigilius of Trent brief life History

Date of Birth 353 AD
Country of Birth Italy in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Bishops who became Saints
Profession First Bishop of Trent
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death 26 June, 405
Place of Death Near Lake Garda in the Val di Rendena
Feast Day 26 June
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of • Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone, Italy
• Trent, Italy
• Tyrol, Italy

Saint Vigilius of Trent Short life History

Saint Vigilius of Trent is also known as Vigilio

• He was a Roman patrician, son of Theodosius and Maxentia.
• Was brother of Saint Claudian and Saint Magorian.
• He studied at Athens, Greece where he developed a reputation for learning and sanctity.
• He was friend of Saint John Chrysostom.
• He settled in the region of Trent, Italy in 380.
• He was chosen bishop of Trent by the faithful of the area.
• He worked to help the poor, and opposed usury.
• He wa friend of Saint Ambrose of Milan.
• He nearly ended paganism in his diocese, and worked to bring Arians back to orthodox Christianity.
• He was missionary to the areas surrounding his diocese, founding 30 parishes.
• He worked with Saint Sisinnius, Saint Martyrius and Saint Alexander about whom he wrote De Martyrio SS. Sisinnii, Martyrii et Alexandri.
• He was killed when he overturned a statue of Saturn in the one the few remaining enclaves of such pagan worship.
• Pope Benedict XIV called Vigilius the first martyr canonized by a pope.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Saint Vigilius of Trent was killed in the present-day parish of Rendena, in the Rendena Valley, where he had been preaching against the locals there, who worshipped the god Saturn. Vigilius said Mass and overturned a statue of the god into the Sarca River. As punishment, he was stoned to death near Lake Garda at the area called Punta San Vigilio. Ironically, a statue of the pagan god Neptune stands in front of Vigilius' shrine in Trent today.