Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Hospitius

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(Sospis) Recluse, born according to tradition in Egypt, towards the beginning of the sixth century; died at San-Sospis, near Villefranche, in the Department of Alpes-Maritimes, France, on 21 May 581. The saint, who is popularly known as Saint Sospis, is said to have been a monk in his native land. Coming to Gaul, he became a recluse, and retired to a dilapidated tower, situated on the peninsula of Cap Ferrat (or San-Sospis), a few miles east of Nice. The people of the environs frequently consulted him; he forewarned them on one occasion, about the year 575, of an impending incursion of the Lombards. Hospitius was seized by these raiders, but his life was spared. He worked a miracle in favour of one of the warriors, who became converted, embraced the religious life, and was known personally to Saint Gregory of Tours. It was from him that Gregory, to whom we are indebted for the meagre details of the saint’s life, learnt the austerities and numerous miracles of the recluse. Hospitius foretold his death and was buried by his friend, Austadius, Bishop of Cimiez. He is still venerated in the Diocese of Nice. The cathedral church possesses a small bone of his hand; other relics are at Villefranche, La Turbie, and San-Sospis.

MLA Citation

  • Andrew MacErlean. “Saint Hospitius”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 October 2018. Web. 27 June 2019. <>