Born to the imperial Roman nobility, the son of Senator Faustus and Blessed Augusta. Covert Christian. As a young man he studied at Autun, Gaul (in modern France). There he was arrested by provincial governor Heraclius for not worshipping the pagan goddess Cybele, he asked for tools to destroy the statue. Arrested and flogged for heresy. Because he was from a noble family, he was given a chance to recant, and was even offered bribes to do so; he declined. Martyred in the presence of his mother.
- beheaded by sword on 22 August 178
- a basilica was built over his tomb in the late 5th century by Saint Euphronius of Autun
Do not be afraid, Symphorian. Your death will lead straight to eternal life. Life will not be taken from you, only changed. – Blessed Augusta at Symphorian’s execution
- “Saint Symphorian of Autun“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 August 2016. Web. 26 February 2017. <>