Book of Saints – Gaudentius of Brescia


(Saint) Bishop (October 25) (5th century) Educated by Saint Philastrius, Bishop of Brescia, whom he styles his father, Saint Gaudentius entered a monastery in Caesarea of Cappadocia, in order to shun the honours and applause of the world. He early distinguished himself for piety and learning. On the death of Philastrius, as the people of Brescia sought Gaudentius for their Bishop and would have no other, he was forced to return home under pain of excommunication, and was consecrated Bishop of Brescia, A.D. 387. His people showed themselves devoted to him, and he obtained great gain of souls by his sermons, some of which are still extant. In A.D. 405, sent to the East to defend the cause of Saint Chrysostom, he was imprisoned in Thrace. He died A.D. 420 or shortly after.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Gaudentius of Brescia”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 June 2013. Web. 23 September 2021. <>