Pope Saint Fabian

detail of a stained glass window of Pope Saint Fabian; artist unknown, date unknown; choir loft, church of Saint-Gratien, Haussaire, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France; photographed on 6 August 2012 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageMemorial


Layman farmer. He came into Rome, Italy on a day when a new pope was to be elected. A dove flew into the crowd and settled on Fabian’s head; the gathered clergy and laity took this as a sign that Fabian had been anointed by the Holy Spirit, and he was chosen the 20th Pope by acclamation.

He sent Saint Dionysius of Paris and other missionaries to Gaul. Condemned the heresies of Privatus. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

Papal Ascension




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