Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Fridian, Erigdian, or Frigdian, Bishop of Lucca, Confessor

detail from an antique Italian holy card of Saint Frigidian of Lucca, artist unknownArticle

He is said to have been son to a king of Ulster in Ireland, at least he is looked upon as of Irish extraction. Travelling into Italy, to improve himself in ecclesiastical learning and virtue, he made such progress that, upon the death of Germinian, bishop of Lucca, he was chosen bishop of that extensive diocess, the eleventh from Saint Paulinus, founder of that church, said to have been a disciple of Saint Peter. Saint Gregory the Great assures us, that he miraculously checked an impetuous flood of the river Auser, now called the Serchio, when it threatened to drown a great part of the city. Saint Fridian died in 578, and was buried in a place where the church now stands which bears his name. Pope Alexander II sent for some regular canons from this church to establish that order in the churches of Saint John Lateran, and of the cross of Jerusalem, at Rome, but, in 1507, the congregation of Saint Frigdian was united to that of Saint John Lateran.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Fridian, Erigdian, or Frigdian, Bishop of Lucca, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 May 2017. Web. 25 September 2021. <>