Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Prosdecimus, First Bishop of Padua, Confessor


He was a Grecian, a disciple of Saint Peter, and is said to have been appointed by him bishop of Padua, where he planted the faith, and in the neighbouring cities of Concordia, Vicenzi, etc. He died on the 7th of November, about the year 103, or later. His body was buried out of the walls of the city where the church and rich Benedictin monastery of Saint Justina, were founded, in which a sumptuous marble chapel bears the title of Saint Prosdecimus. The same church was also enriched with the relics of Saint Daniel, martyr, levite of Saint Prosdecimus, who suffered death for the faith in the persecution of Nero. The church of Saint Justina was the cathedral, till it was made a rich Benedictin abbatial church, before the year 1000. Since that time the new cathedral of Saint Sophia possesses the relics of Saint Daniel the martyr.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Prosdecimus, First Bishop of Padua, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 November 2013. Web. 15 November 2019. <>