Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Donatian, Bishop of Rheims, Confessor


[patron of Bruges] He was the seventh bishop of Rheims, and died about the year 389. Charles the Bald having bestowed the relics of this saint on Baldwin, whom he had created earl of Flanders, to hold of him that rich province as a fief, in 863, the earl deposited them in the church of Bruges, which, thereupon, took the title of Saint Donatian’s, being before called our Lady’s. It was made a bishop’s cathedral in 1559.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Donatian, Bishop of Rheims, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 October 2013. Web. 27 July 2021. <>