Saint Florian of Lorch

stained glass window of Saint Florian of Lorch, date and artist unknown; church of the Visitation, Lower Hollabrunn, Austria; photographed on 26 November 2011 by GuentherZ; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial


Third century officer in Roman army stationed in modern Austria. Military administrator of the town of Noricum, and a closet Christian. Said to have stopped a town from burning by praying and throwing a single bucket of water on the blaze, and thus his association with firefighters and those who protect us from fire, including chimney sweeps. When ordered to execute a group of Christians during the persecutions of Diocletian, he refused, and professed his own faith. Martyr.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Florian of Lorch“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 August 2021. Web. 16 October 2021. <>