Saint Fursey of Péronne

detail of an illustration of Saint Fursey of Péronne from a 16th century French 'Lives of the Saints' published in Paris, France; Richard de Montbaston et collaborateurs; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Fursey of Lagny
  • Fursa
  • Furseo
  • Furse
  • Fursae
  • Fursu
  • Fulsey
  • Furseus



Son of an Irish prince. Related to Saint Foillan and Saint Ultan of Péronne. Educated by Saint Brendan the Voyager. Priest. Abbot of a house at Rathmat, Ireland. Preached, evangelized, and established monasteries in Ireland for twelve years. Evangelized in England, building monasteries. Evangelized in France, working with Saint Blitharius; they had great success. Clovis, king of the Franks, received him, and asked that he build a house at Lagny, France. Raised the young son of a court nobleman from the dead. Given to ecstacies and trances during which he received visions of a immense struggle between good and evil, with glimpses of heaven and hell. The visions were described in the aptly named Visions of Fursey, and had a great effect on such works as Dante’s Divine Comedy. Bede wrote extensively and glowingly of Fursey. His image is on the banner of the city of Peronne, France.






MLA Citation

  • “Saint Fursey of Péronne“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 November 2020. Web. 27 November 2021. <>