Book of Saints – Gratian

Pictorial Lives of the Saints illustration for Saint Gatian, BishopArticle

(Gatien) (Saint) Bishop (December 18) (Date uncertain.) The first Bishop of Tours in France. The tradition was that he was a disciple of the Apostles, sent by them to France in the first century of our era. But Baronius and the moderns post-date his mission to the time of Pope Saint Fabian, in the middle of the third century. In one of the troubled years of his Episcopate he is said for a time to have lain concealed in a cave on the banks of the Loire, &t a spot where later rose the great Abbey of Marmoutier. His relics were destroyed in 1793, during the French Revolution.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Gratian”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 December 2018. Web. 9 August 2020. <>