Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Desiderius, Bishop of Langres, Martyr


May 23

The good shepherd is always ready, in imitation of his divine model, to lay down his life for his sheep. Such this holy pastor approved himself. When certain pagan barbarians ravaged that part of Gaul, Saint Desiderius, accompanied with his clergy, went out to meet them; but was massacred with his followers, and fell a victim to save his flock. Sigebert says this happened in the invasion of Chrocus the German king, under Gallien; but Tillemont thinks it rather ought to be placed in 411, when the Alans, Sueves, and Vandals plundered that country.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Desiderius, Bishop of Langres, Martyr”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 May 2012. Web. 23 September 2020. <http://catholicsaints.info/butlers-lives-of-the-saints-saint-desiderius-bishop-of-langres-martyr/>