Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Gatianus

Pictorial Lives of the Saints illustration for Saint Gatian, BishopArticle

Founder and bishop of Tours; born probably at Rome; died at Tours, 20 December 301. He came to Gaul during the consulate of Decius and Gratus (250 or 251), devoted half a century to the evangelization of the third Lyonnaise province amid innumerable difficulties, which the pagans raise against him. But he overcame all obstacles, and at his death the Church of Tours was securely established. The “traditional school”, relying on legends that have hitherto not been traced back beyond the twelfth century, have claimed that Saint Gatianus was one of the seventy-two disciples of Christ, and was sent into Gaul during the first century by Saint Peter himself. This assertion, which has been refuted by learned and devout writers, is untenable in the face of the testimony of Gregory of Tours. To this bishop, who lived in the sixth century, we are indebted for the only details we possess concerning his holy predecessor.

MLA Citation

  • Léon Clugnet. “Saint Gatianus”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 December 2018. Web. 12 May 2021. <>