Saint Maximus of Riez

illustration of Saint Maximus, Bishop, from 'Pictorial Lives of the Saints'Memorial


Raised in a Christian home, in his youth he began to live as a hermit there. Monk at the monastery founded by Saint Honoratius in Lerins, France. Abbot in 426; Saint Sidonius wrote about the revitalization of the monastic life under Maximus’ leadership. He became known as a miracle worker and his reputation for wisdom and holiness spread to the point that he fled to live as a forest hermit. Reluctant bishop of Riez, Provence, France in 434, consecrated by Saint Hilary who had tracked him down at his hermitage. Lived as much as a monk as his vocation as bishop would allow. Attended synods at Riez in 439, Orange in 441, and Arles in 454. One of the most influential bishops in the Gaul of his day.


  • in Decom, Provence (modern Châteauredon, France)




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Maximus of Riez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 April 2021. Web. 25 October 2021. <>