Book of Saints – Abercius


(Saint) Bishop (October 22) (2nd century) Bishop of Hierapolis in Phrygia (Asia Minor) in which See he is reported to have succeeded the famous Papias. He was zealous against Paganism, and appears to have suffered imprisonment on that account under the philosophic Emperor Marcus Aurelius. But a miracle wrought by him in favour of her daughter secured him the protection of the Empress Faustina, and he returned to die in peace at Hierapolis (about a.d. 167), after following on his journeys one of the routes traced out by the Apostle Saint Paul, everywhere preaching, baptising and healing the sick. His epitaph, composed by himself, discovered in 1882 and now in the Vatican Museum, is one of the most interesting Christian monuments of the second century.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Abercius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 April 2012. Web. 21 September 2020. <>