Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Genesius of Arles


A notary martyred under Maximianus in 303 or 308. Feast, 25 Aug. He is honoured as patron of notaries, and invoked against chilblains and scurf. The Acts, attributed to Saint Paulinus of Nola, state: Genesius, native of Arles, at first a soldier became known for his proficiency in writing, and was made secretary to the magistrate of Arles. While performing the duties of his office the decree of persecution against the Christians was read in his presence. Outraged in his ideas of justice, the young catechumen cast his tablets at the feet of the magistrate and fled. He was captured and executed, and thus received baptism in his own blood. His veneration must be very old, as his name is found in the ancient martyrology ascribed to Saint Jerome. A church and altar dedicated to him at Arles were known in the fourth century.

MLA Citation

  • Francis Mershman. “Saint Genesius of Arles”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 May 2013. Web. 19 September 2019. <>