Book of Saints – Marcellinus – 6 April


(Saint) Martyr (April 6) (5th century) An illustrious friend of the great Saint Augustine of Hippo, who dedicated to him his memorable book “Of the City of God.” Marcellinus was a Secretary or Minister of the Emperor Honorius, and was commissioned by him to enforce in Africa the Imperial edict against the Donatist faction. The energy and zeal of Marcellinus so infuriated Marinus, the leader of the recalcitrants, that he falsely accused Marcellinus of complicity with the rebel Heraclion, and caused him to be arrested and to be put to death without even the formality of a trial. Honorius, in calling Marinus to account, referred to Marcellinus as a man of unblemished character. We have Funeral Discourses on the latter from the pens both of Saint Augustine and of Saint Jerome.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Mercellinus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 November 2014. Web. 20 February 2019. <>