Lives of Illustrious Men – Hilarius the bishop


Hilary, bishop of the church at Arles, a man learned in Holy Scriptures, was devoted to poverty, and earnestly anxious to live in narrow circumstances, not only in religiousness of mind, but also in labour of body. To secure this estate of poverty, this man of noble race and very differently brought up, engaged in farming, though it was beyond his strength, and yet did not neglect spiritual matters.

He was an acceptable teacher also, and without regard to persons administered correction to all.

He published some few things, brief, but showing immortal genius, and indicating an erudite mind, as well as capacity for vigorous speech; among these that work which is of so great practical value to many, his Life Saint Honoratus, his predecessor.

He died during the reign of Valentinianus and Martianus.

MLA Citation

  • Saint Jerome. “Hilarius the bishop”. Lives of Illustrious Men, with the Authors whom Gennadius Added after the Death of the Blessed Jerome, translated by Ernest Cushing Richardson. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 July 2013. Web. 24 March 2019. <>