New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Martin of Tours

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Martin of Tours and the Beggar, Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, England; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Brother Lawrence Lew, OPArticle

Confessor (c.316-397), Bishop of Tours, born Sabaria, Hungary; died Candes, Touraine. The son of a pagan military tribune, he was educated at Pavia, and at an early age enrolled in the Roman army. Amiens in Gaul was the scene of the famous incident of Martin sharing his military cloak with a beggar, followed by the heavenly vision which led to his baptism. After a few years of army service, he was released and journeyed to Poitiers to labor under Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers. There he organized a community of monks, erected the monastery of Liguge, and in 371 became Bishop of Tours. Later he founded the monastery of Marmoutier and resided there. He was an opponent of Arianism. After a last visit to Rome, Martin went to Candes, one of the religious centers created by him in his diocese, where he died. His body was taken to Tours, and his tomb has always been a national shrine of France. Patron of Buenos Aires. Emblems: tree, armor, cloak, beggar. Feast, Roman Calendar, 11 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Martin of Tours”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 August 2018. Web. 18 January 2019. <>