Book of Saints – Maternus – 18 July


(Saint) Bishop (July 18) (4th century) This holy Bishop of Milan occupies a prominent place in the Ambrosian Liturgy. The local records tell us how he was elected by acclamation, both clergy and people insisting on having him for their Pastor; how he was beloved even by the Pagans; how he encouraged and comforted his flock during the persecution under Diocletian; and how he himself set them an example of patience 186 and fortitude in times of trial and calamity, especially when he was singled out as the special object of the fury of the persecutors. Enfeebled by torture and other suffering, he died in the first years of the fourth century, while Maximian Herculeus was still bent on carrying out Diocletian‘s policy of extirpating Christianity.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Maternus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 December 2014. Web. 23 February 2019. <>