(Saints) Martyrs (October 5) (6th century) Martyrs of Messina in Sicily, venerated there from ancient times. According to the account accepted from the fourteenth century downwards, Saint Placidus was the youthful disciple of Saint Benedict, mentioned in the Dialogues of Saint Gregory the Great; Saints Eutychius and Victorinus were brothers of Saint Placidus and Saint Flavia was their sister. The rest, some thirty in number, were monks sent with Saint Placidus by Saint Benedict to found a monastery in Sicily. A detailed legend translated from the Greek tells how they were set upon by “pirates” (Vandals or Northmen, probably) and barbarously murdered (A.D. 541). However, since the seventeenth century this story has been severely criticised. In substance, indeed, it may be reliable; or, at least, it cannot be demonstrated that the Sicilian Martyrs were not Benedictine monks, as alleged. The alternative view is that they were Martyrs of one of the early persecutions whose Acts have been lost, and that the coincidence of the name “Placidus” misled the Mediaeval hagiographers.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Placidus, Eutychius, Victorinus, Flavia, Donatus, Firmatus, Faustus and Others”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 October 2016. Web. 11 December 2016. <>