Book of Saints – Gratian


(Gatien) (Saint) Bishop (December 18) (Date uncertain.) The first Bishop of Tours in France. The tradition was that he was a disciple of the Apostles, sent by them to France in the first century of our era. But Baronius and the moderns post-date his mission to the time of Pope Saint Fabian, in the middle of the third century. In one of the troubled years of his Episcopate he is said for a time to have lain concealed in a cave on the banks of the Loire, &t a spot where later rose the great Abbey of Marmoutier. His relics were destroyed in 1793, during the French Revolution.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Gratian”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 July 2013. Web. 15 December 2018. <>