Saint Honorius of Amiens

detail of a statue of Saint Honorius of Amiens; by Eugène Aizelin, 1873; church of Saint-Roch, Paris, France; photographed on 1 March 2008 by Marie-Lan Nguyen; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Honoratus
  • Honortus
  • Honoré
  • Onorato



Born to the nobility. Known as a pious child, he was educated by Saint Beatus of Amiens. Reluctant bishop of Amiens, France, believing himself unworthy. Legend says that a ray of divine light and holy oil appeared upon his head at the time of his selection as bishop. Re-discovered the relics of Saint Victoricus of Amiens, Saint Fuscian of Amiens, and Saint Gentian of Amiens, which had been lost for 300 years.

Legend says that when word reached the family home in Porthieu that Honorius had been chosen bishop, his old nursemaid, who was baking bread at the time, announced that the boy was no more going to be a bishop that then baker‘s peel she was leaning on would turn back into a tree. The wooden peel promptly grew roots and branches and turned into a blackberry tree what was still be shown to pilgrims 900 years later. This naturally led to a baker‘s peel being one of his emblems, and his patronage of trades associated with baking.






MLA Citation

  • “Saint Honorius of Amiens“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 May 2021. Web. 29 November 2021. <>