Saint Simplicius of Bourges



Married layman father of a large family; his wife was a member of the Roman senatorial Paladii family. His reputation for personal holiness led local bishops, led by Sidonius Apollinaris of Clermont, to choose him as bishop of Bourges, France c.470. Defended the Church against Arian Visigoths and attempts to weaken the Church by lay officials, a confrontation that was raging in the region at the time of his election. After years of his leadership bringing people back to orthodox Christianity, which led to civil authorities exiling Aryan leaders, Aryans captured, imprisoned and executed Simplicius. Martyr.



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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Simplicius of Bourges“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 March 2018. Web. 17 January 2021. <>