Book of Saints – Maternus – 14 September


(Saint) Bishop (September 14) (Date uncertain) According to Baronius and the Roman Martyrology, Saint Maternus received his mission to Gaul from Saint Peter in person. But the Bollandists and others post-date his Episcopate to the fourth century. He was the first Apostle of Alsace, and successfully promoted the spread of Christianity in that Province and in Western Germany. The formerly accepted tradition makes him one of the seventy-two disciples chosen by Our Lord (Luke x. 1); and some mediaeval writers insist that he was the son of the Widow of Nairn whom Our Lord raised from the dead. That at least he lived in Apostolic times finds some confirmation in the fact of the extent to which Alsace had been converted as early as the second century.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Maternus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 December 2014. Web. 22 January 2019. <>