Saint Symphorian of Autun

statue of Saint Symphorien, 15th century, artist unknown; Chapel of Our Lady of Locmaria-an-Hent, Saint-Yvi, Finistere, Brittany, France; photographed on 15 September 2018 by Yann Gwilhoù; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial


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.






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

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Symphorian of Autun“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 April 2021. Web. 22 October 2021. <>