New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Fabian

detail of a stained glass window of Pope Saint Fabian; artist unknown, date unknown; choir loft, church of Saint-Gratien, Haussaire, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France; photographed on 6 August 2012 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Reigned 236 to 250. Born in Rome, Italy; died there. A farmer, he came into the city to attend the papal election. A dove descended onto his head, this was considered a sign from heaven, and he was elected by acclamation. Little is known of his reign. He is said to have divided Rome into seven districts presided over by seven deacons. At his death the government of the Church was well organized and the power of the papacy considerably strengthened. Feast, Roman Calendar, 20 January.

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Fabian”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 June 2017. Web. 28 November 2020. <>