Pope Saint Fabian

detail of a stained glass window of Pope Saint Fabian; artist unknown, date unknown; choir loft, church of Saint-Gratien, Haussaire, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France; photographed on 6 August 2012 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageMemorial

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Layman farmer. He came into Rome, Italy on a day when a new pope was to be elected. A dove flew into the crowd and settled on Fabian’s head; the gathered clergy and laity took this as a sign that Fabian had been anointed by the Holy Spirit, and he was chosen the 20th Pope by acclamation.

He sent Saint Dionysius of Paris and other missionaries to Gaul. Condemned the heresies of Privatus. Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.

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It is said that Fabian, after the death of Anteros, came from the country along with others and stayed at Rome, where he came to the office in a most miraculous manner, thanks to the divine and heavenly grace. For when the brethren were all assembled for the purpose of appointing him who should succeed to the episcopate, and very many notable and distinguished persons were in the thoughts of many, Fabian, who was there, came into nobody’s mind. But all of a sudden, they relate, a dove flew down from above and settled on his head as clear imitation of the descent of the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove upon the Savior; whereupon the whole people, as if moved by one divine inspiration, with all eagerness and with one soul cried out “worthy,” and without more ado took him and placed him on the episcopal throne. - Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, VI:xxix

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Fabian“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 January 2010. Web. 2 April 2015. <>