Book of Saints – Marinus – 4 September


(Saint) (September 4) (4th century) Born of Christian parents in an island off the coast of Dalmatia, Marinus was by profession a stone-mason. Hearing that the town of Rimini (Italy) was being rebuilt, he travelled thither with a fellow artisan, Saint Leo, and was astonished to find among the workmen many Christians of high birth who had been sentenced to hard labour because of their refusal to sacrifice to the gods. The two holy men sought to comfort them and to alleviate their sufferings, so far as was in their power. At the end of three years, Leo retired to Montefiascone; and Saint Gaudentius, Bishop of Rimini, recognising the merits of Saint Marinus, ordained him deacon, so that he might bo entitled to baptise the numerous converts he was making. In his old age Saint Marinus withdrew to a hermitage in the heart of a wood, about ten miles from Rimini. There he died some time in the fourth century. A town built on the spot and called after the holy man has become well known as the Republic of San Marino. The relics of Saint Marinus repose in its principal church.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Marinus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2014. Web. 17 November 2018. <>