New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Irenaeus

[Saint Irenaeus of Lyons]Derivation

  • Greek: peaceful


Martyr, Father of the Church, Bishop of Lyons, born Proconsular Asia, 130; died Lyons, France, 202. Instructed by Saint Polycarp, he became a priest at Lyons; in 177 he was sent on a mission to Rome; succeeded to the See of Lyons; and made many converts. Most of his writings are directed against Gnosticism which was then prevalent throughout Gaul; his relation to Saint Polycarp, the disciple of Saint John, gave greater importance to his works. Head in Saint John’s church, Lyons. Feast, Roman Calendar, 28 June.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Irenaeus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 June 2013. Web. 18 September 2021. <>