EUSEBIUS of VERCELLI (Saint) Bishop, Martyr (December 16) (4th century) He was by birth a native of Sardinia; and after passing some years in Rome as a priest, he was consecrated Bishop of Vercelli in the present Province of Piedmont (A.D. 340). A great and active champion of the Catholic Faith against the Arians, he was banished by their machinations to Syria, where he underwent many hardships. Before returning to Vercelli under Julian he visited Saint Athanasius at Alexandria. In the words of Saint Jerome: “On the return of Eusebius, Italy put off her mourning.” Thenceforth to the year of his death (A.D. 370) he devoted himself, in concert with Saint Hilary of Poitiers, to the extirpation of Arianism. By exception, on account of the much that he went through in the cause of religion, he is honoured liturgically as a Martyr.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Eusebius of Vercelli”. , 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 25 January 2013. Web. 31 January 2015. <>