A Garner of Saints – Saint Geminianus

fresco of Saint Gimignano on a pillar holding the city of San Gimignano, Italy; c.1464 by Benozzo Gozzoli; Apsidal chapel, Sant'Agostino, San Gimignano, Italy; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Bishop of Modena, and present at the council held at Milan against Jovinian in 390. Being sent to Constantinople to deliver the daughter of the emperor Jovian from a demon he set out from Ravenna. On the way a great storm arose while he was sleeping in the ship, but on being awakened, he rose and quieted the waves. Arrived at Constantinople he cast out the demon but would receive no other token of the Emperor’s gratitude but a rich chalice, and so he returned to Modena. Some time after he is reputed to have confronted Attila who traversed the town of Modena without perceiving the prey which he was allowing to escape. Shortly after his death, the Modenese raised a church over his tomb, and on his fete day a great company came together, when suddenly a terrible flood covered the surrounding country and threatened to demolish the church itself. In the midst of this peril, the people invoked the saint, and immediately the waters subsided. 31 January.


  • habited as bishop; carries a church in his hand

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Geminianus”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 April 2017. Web. 16 July 2018. <>