Saints of the Day – Fronto and George

detail of a stained glass window depicting Saint Front; date unknown, artist unknown; nave of the church of Saint-Germain-de-Paris, Saint-Germain-de-Belvès, Dordogne, France; photographed on 13 April 2014 by Father Igor; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

1st century. An early missionary to Périgord (Perigueux), France, Fronto’s untrustworthy legend has him born in Lycaonia, of the tribe of Judah. He became a follower of Jesus, was baptized by Peter, and was one of the 72 disciples commissioned by Christ. He was with Peter in Antioch and Rome, whence he and a priest named George were sent to preach to the Gauls.

Fronto made his center at Périgord, of which he is considered the first bishop, and was most successful in his missionary activities, as was George, who is considered the first bishop of Le Puy.

Another legend has Fronto born at Leucuais in the Dordogne near Périgord. All kinds of extravagant miracles were attributed to him in these legends (Benedictines, Delaney).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 August 2020. Web. 24 November 2020. <>