Born to the nobility in 2nd century Italy, the older brother of Saint Jovinus. Priest. Zealous preacher in Brescia, Milan, Rome, and Naples. Tortured and martyred in the persecution of Emperor Hadrian.
While their cultus is ancient and widespread, recent scholarship indicates that the story of Jovinus and Faustinus was a pious fiction mistaken for a biography.
- with his brother, he was thrown to the lions, but the animals refused to touch the men
- beheaded in 120 at Brescia, Italy
- relics reported in Brescia, Rome, Verona, and Bologna
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Catholic Encyclopedia
- Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
- New Catholic Dictionary
- Pictorial Lives of the Saints
- “Saint Faustinus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 February 2009. Web. 4 July 2015. <>