Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Eleutherius, Bishop of Tournay, Martyr

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A.D. 532.

He was born at Tournay, of Christian parents, whose family had been converted to Christ by Saint Piat, one hundred and fifty years before. The faith had declined at Tornay ever since Saint Piat’s martyrdom, by reason of its commerce with the heathen islands of Taxandria, now Zeland, and by means of the heathen French kings, who resided some time at Tournay. Eleutherius was chosen bishop of that city, in 486; ten years after which King Clovis was baptized at Rheims. Eleutherius converted the greater part of the Franks in that country to the faith, and opposed most zealously certain heretics who denyed the mystery of the Incarnation, by whom he was wounded on the head with a sword, and died of the wound five weeks after, on the first of July, in 532. The most ancient monuments, relating to this saint, seem to have perished in a great fire which consumed his church, and many other buildings, at Tournay, in 1092, with his relics. Of the sermons ascribed to Saint Eleutherius, in the Library of the Fathers, none seem sufficiently warranted genuine, except three on the Incarnation and Birth of Christ, and the Annunciation.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Eleutherius, Bishop of Tournay, Martyr”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. Saints.SQPN.com. 20 February 2013. Web. 23 July 2014. <>