Saint Bessus

detail of a painting of the martyrdom of Saint Bessus, date and artist unknown; Duomo Ivrea, Italy; photographed on 21 May 2005 by Laurom; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Besso
  • Besse



Soldier of the Theban Legion. Convert to Christianity. He escaped the massacre of the Legion and became an evangelist in the mountain district of Val Soana. Reported to be a miracle worker and able to heal by prayer. Martyr.

Because of the understandably poor records from the period, and the similarity of his name both to other evangelists in the region and to a pre-Christian god, Bessus has figured into a lot of folk tales, practices and later legends.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Bessus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 February 2019. Web. 17 October 2021. <>