Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Marius, Abbot


Dynamius, patrician of the Gauls, who is mentioned by Saint Gregory of Tours, and who was for some time steward of the patrimony of the Roman church in Gaul, in the time of Saint Gregory the Great, as appears by a letter of that pope to him, (in which he mentions that he sent him in a reliquary some of the filings of the chains of Saint Peter, and of the gridiron of Saint Laurence,) was author of the lives of Saint Marius and of Saint Maximus of Ries. From the fragments of the former in Bollandus, we learn that he was born at Orleans, became a monk, and after some time was chosen abbot at La-Val-Benois, in the diocess of Sisteron, in the reign of Gondebald, king of Burgundy, who died in 509. Saint Marius made a pilgrimage to Saint Martin’s, at Tours, and another to the tomb of Saint Dionysius, near Paris, where, falling sick, he dreamed that he was restored to health by an apparition of Saint Dionysius, and awaking, found himself perfectly recovered. Saint Marius, according to a custom received in many monasteries before the rule of Saint Bennet, in imitation of the retreat of our divine Redeemer, made it a rule to live a recluse in a forest during the forty days of Lent. In one of these retreats, he foresaw, in a vision, the desolation which barbarians would soon after spread in Italy, and the destruction of his own monastery, which he foretold before his death, in 555. The abbey of La-Val-Benois being demolished, the body of the saint was translated to Forcalquier, where it is kept with honour in a famous collegiate church which bears his name, and takes the title of Concathedral with Sisteron. Saint Marius is called in French Saint May or Saint Mary, in Spain Saint Mere, and Saint Maire, and in some places, by mistake, Saint Maurus. See fragments of his life compiled by Dynamius, extant in Bollandus, with ten preliminary observations.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Marius, Abbot”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 January 2013. Web. 3 December 2020. <>