Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Maximinus, Bishop of Triers, Confessor

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May 29

A.D. 349.

Saint Maximinus was one of those pastors whom God raised in the most dangerous times to support his church. He was born at Poitiers, nobly descended, and related to Maxentius, bishop of that city before Saint Hilary. The reputation of the sanctity of Saint Agritius, bishop of Triers, drew him young to that city, and after a most virtuous education, he was admitted to holy orders, and, upon the death of Agritius, chosen his successor in 332. When Saint Athanasius was banished to Triers in 336, Saint Maximinus received him, not as a person disgraced, but as a most glorious confessor of Christ, and thought it a great happiness to enjoy the company of so illustrious a saint. Saint Athanasius stayed with him two years; and his works bear evidence to the indefatigable vigilance, heroic courage, and exemplary virtue of our saint, who was before that time famous for the gift of miracles. Saint Paul, bishop of Constantinople, being banished by Constantius, found also a retreat at Triers, and in Saint Maximinus a powerful protector. Our saint, by his counsels, precautioned the emperor Constans against the intrigues and snares of the Arians, and on every occasion discovered their artifice, and opposed their faction. He was one of the most illustrious defenders of the Catholic faith in the council of Sardica in 347, and had the honour to be ranked by the Arians with Saint Athanasius, in an excommunication which they pretended to fulminate against them at Philippopolis. Saint Maximinus is said to have died in Poitou in 349, having made a journey thither to see his relations. He was buried near Poitiers; but his body was afterwards translated to Triers on the day which is now devoted to his memory. Saint Maximinus, by protecting and harbouring saints, received himself the recompense of a saint.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Maximinus, Bishop of Triers, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. Saints.SQPN.com. 27 May 2012. Web. 20 April 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/butlers-lives-of-the-saints-saint-maximinus-bishop-of-triers-confessor/>