Book of Saints – Hilary of Arles


(Saint) Bishop (May 5) (5th century) Of a noble family of what is now Lorraine, Hilary was born about A.D. 401, and, thanks to his natural abilities, gained high office in the local administration. His friend aird relative Saint Honoratus, who had retired to the Isle of Lerins, by his tears and entreaties effected Saint Hilary’s conversion to Christianity. The latter sold all his estates and repaired to Lerins, where probably he received Baptism. Soon after, Honoratus, having become Archbishop of Aries, summoned Hilary to him. Though the latter was then only twenty-nine years of age, he succeeded his relative in the See of Aries, then the most conspicuous in Gaul. His mode of life was most penitential, and his charity and zeal unbounded. He built many monasteries and assisted at several Councils. He died A.D. 449.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Hilary of Arles”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 September 2013. Web. 23 September 2020. <>