Book of Saints – Leander

detail from the painting 'Saint Leander and Saint Bonaventura'; by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1665-1666; oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Seville, Spain; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Bishop (February 27) (6th century) Honoured as a Doctor of the Church, Saint Leander is one of the glories of the Spanish Church. He was the elder brother of Saints Fulgentius and Isidore, the latter of whom succeeded him in the See of Seville. He entered a monastery in his early youth, and persevered in prayer and penance until, on account of his eminence in virtue and his proficiency in sacred learning, he was promoted to the Archbishopric of Seville. He reformed the Mozarabic or Spanish Liturgy, was prominent at the Third Council of Toledo (A.D. 589), and was under God, the chief means of converting the Spanish Visi-Goths from the errors of Arianism. He died A.D. 596, during the Pontificate of his friend and admirer, Saint Gregory the Great.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Leander”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 March 2015. Web. 26 July 2021. <>