New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Fiacre


Confessor (died 670). Of noble Irish lineage, he was ordained to the priesthood, and embraced the eremitical life at Kilfera. He went to France, 628, and settled at Breuil, near Meaux, where he led a life of prayer and mortification, later founding a monastery for the many disciples who flocked to him. He was famous for his miracles and after his death his tomb became a place of pilgrimage. Patron of Brie, of numerous churches throughout France, of gardeners, and French cab-drivers. The Hotel de Saint-Fiacre, Paris, which had as its sign his image, was the first to have coaches for hire, and so his name became the word for cab. Represented in monastic garb, holding a spade in his hand. His relics were preserved in the cathedral at Meaux. Feast, 30 August.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Fiacre”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 January 2013. Web. 29 November 2020. <>