Book of Saints – Irenaeus

[Saint Irenaeus of Lyons]Article

(Saint) Bishop, Martyr (June 28) (3rd century) Born of Christian parents in Asia Minor and educated by Saint Polycarp, the disciple of Saint John the Evangelist, Saint Irenaeus was by him sent as a missionary into Gaul, and ordained priest by Saint Pothinus, Bishop of Lyons, whom he succeeded as Bishop (A.D. 177). With very many of his flock, Saint Irenaeus appears to have suffered martyrdom under Septimus Severus (A.D. 202). “A most learned and eloquent man, endowed with all the gifts of the Holy Ghost,” so he is described by Saint Epiphanius. He rendered invaluable services to the Popes of his time, combated Gnosticism and other heresies then rife, and has left us several treatises to which appeal is constantly being made by Theologians and Church Historians.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Irenaeus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 September 2013. Web. 23 February 2019. <>