Saint Gervase

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Gervais; date unknown, artist unknown; church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais du Montet, Le Montet, France; photographed on 24 July 2010 by Otourly; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Gervasius
  • Gervasio



Second century martyr. Son of Saint Vitalis of Milan and Saint Valeria of Milan. He and his beheaded twin brother Protase are considered the first martyrs of Milan as Saint Ambrose, guided by a vision, unearthed their remains in 386. Saint Paulinus of Nola says the martyrs appeared to Saint Ambrose in an apparition. Even when the relics were discovered, nothing was remembered about them except their names and that they were martyrs in an early persecution, perhaps under Nero. The surviving Acts of Gervase are worthless as biography as ancient writers invented details to fill in the missing details.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gervase“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 August 2021. Web. 28 September 2021. <>