Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Victorinus, Bishop and Martyr


Saint Jerom styles this father one of the pillars of the church, and tells us, that his works were sublime in sense, though the Latin style was low, the author being by birth a Grecian. He professed oratory, probably in some city of Greece; but, considering the vanity of all earthly pursuits, consecrated both his learning and labours wholly to the advancement of virtue and religion, and was made a bishop of Pettau, in Upper Pannonia, now in Stiria. This father wrote against most heresies of that age, and comments on a great part of the holy Scriptures; but all his works are lost except a little treatise on the creation of the world, published by Cave, from a Lambeth manuscript: and a treatise on the Apocalypse, extant in the library of the fathers, though not entire. Saint Victorinus flourished in 290, and died a martyr, as Saint Jerom testifies, probably in 304.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Victorinus, Bishop and Martyr”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2013. Web. 20 February 2019. <>