Thursday, September 4, 2014


St. Desiderius

Feast day: February 11

Death: 608

Bishop of Vienne, France, murdered by the Frankish queen Brunhildis and her followers, and is revered as a martyr. Born at Autun, he is also called Didier. As bishop, he attacked Queen Brunhildis for immorality. She accused him of paganism, but he was cleared by Pope St. Gregory the Great . Desiderius was then banished from his see. He was slain upon his return four years later at Saint-Didier-sur-Chalaronne.

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