Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Maurus

[Saint Maurus]Article

Deacon, son of Equitius, a nobleman of Rome, but claimed also by Fondi, Gallipoli, Lavello etc.; died 584. Feast, 15 January. He is represented as an abbot with crozier, or with book and censer, or holding the weights and measures of food and drink given him by his holy master. He is the patron of charcoalburners, coppersmiths etc. — in Belgium of shoemakers — and is invoked against gout, hoarseness etc. He was a disciple of Saint Benedict, and his chief support at Subiaco. By Saint Gregory the Great he is described as a model of religious virtues, especially of obedience. According to the Vita he went to France in 543 and became the founder and superior of the abbey at Glanfeuil, later known by his name. This Vita ascribed to a companion, the monk Faustus of Monte Cassino, has been severely attacked. Delehaye calls it a forgery of Abbot Odo of Glanfeuil in the ninth century but Adlhoch makes a zealous defence. On the Signum S. Mauri, a blessing of the sick with invocation of Saint Maurus given in the Appendix of Rituale Romanum, see “Studien u. Mittheil.”

MLA Citation

  • Francis Merschman. “Saint Maurus”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. Saints.SQPN.com. 14 January 2013. Web. 10 July 2014. <>