New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Saturninus

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Third century martyr. First bishop of Toulouse. Born in Patras; died in Toulouse, Gaul. Of noble birth, he went as bishop to Toulouse during the consulate of Decius and Gratus (250). Soon he had a small church in the town, and had made numerous conversions. To reach his church, Saint Saturninus had to pass the capitol where there was a temple, and the pagan priests ascribed to his frequent passings the silence of their oracles. For this they seized him, and on his refusal to sacrifice to the idols, condemned him to be tied by the feet to a bull which dragged him about the town until the rope broke. Two Christian women gathered up his remains and buried them in a ditch. A church called the Taur (bull) was built where the bull stopped. The saint’s body is preserved in the church of Saint Sernin (Saturninus), one of the most beautiful in Southern France. Patron of Toulouse. Emblems: bull, cross, miter. Relics in the catherdral of Toulouse. Feast, Roman Calendar, 29 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Saturninus”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 14 July 2013. Web. 25 July 2014. <>