Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Arbogastus, Bishop of Strasburg, Confessor


The Irish challenge this saint as a native of their island. The Scots also lay claim to him, and are supported by Richer’s Chronicle of Sens, written in the thirteenth century, and by the life of Saint Florentius, his successor, though his acts say he was of a noble family in Aquitain. Travelling into Alsace he led an anchoretical life in the Sacred Forest (for this is the interpretation of the Teutonic name Heiligesforst), about the year 630. He was often called to the court of King Dagobert II, and by his interest promoted to the episcopal see of Strasburg. His acts relate, that not long after his exaltation he raised to life Dagobert’s son, killed by a fall from a horse; these acts call this prince Sigebert; his name is not recorded by the historians. Many other miracles are ascribed to this saint; who, assisted by the liberality of this king, enriched the church of Strasburg with several large estates. King Dagobert bestowed on it, for his sake, the manor and town of Rufach, with an extensive country situated on both sides of the river Alse or Elle, together with the old royal palace of Isenburg, residing himself at Kirchem, near Molsheim. Saint Arbogastus also founded, or at least endowed, several monasteries, the principal among which were Surburg and Shutteran: some say also Ebersheimunster; but the chief founder of this last was Duke Athico, the father of Saint Odilio, by the direction of Saint Deodatus, bishop of Nevers. Saint Arbogastus died, according to Bosch the Bollandist, in 678, the year before Dagobert offered the bishopric of Strasburg to Saint Wilfred, who was then on his journey to Rome. Upon his declining that dignity, it was conferred on Saint Florentius. All writers on Saint Arbogastus’s life mention that in his last will, he ordered his body should be interred on the mountain which was the burial-place of malefactors. His will was complied with; but the church of Saint Michael was afterwards built upon the spot, and surrounded by a village called Strateburg. Near it was founded the abbey of Saint Arbogastus, to which his body was translated with honour by his successor Saint Florentius. See the life of Saint Arbogastus, which seems to have been written in the tenth age, published with remarks by F. Bosch.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Arbogastus, Bishop of Strasburg, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 July 2013. Web. 9 July 2020. <>