Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Bonitus, Bishop of Auvergne, Confessor


Saint Bonet was referendary or chancellor to Sigebert III the holy king of Austrasia; and by his zeal, religion, and justice, flourished in that kingdom under four kings. After the death of Dagobert II, Thierry III made him governor of Marseilles and all Provence, in 680. His elder brother Saint Avitus II bishop of Clermont, in Auvergne, having recommended him for his successor, died in 689, and Bonet was consecrated. But after having governed that see ten years, with the most exemplary piety, he had a scruple whether his election had been perfectly canonical; and having consulted Saint Tilo, or Theau, then leading an eremitical life at Solignas, resigned his dignity, led for four years a most penitential life in the abbey of Manlieu, now of the order of Saint Bennet, and after having made a pilgrimage to Rome, died of the gout at Lyons on the fifteenth of January in 710, being eighty-six years old. His relics were enshrined in the cathedral at Clermont; but some small portions are kept at Paris in the churches of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, and Saint Bonet near that of Saint Merry.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Bonitus, Bishop of Auvergne, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 January 2013. Web. 26 November 2020. <>