Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Barbatus, Bishop

Saint Barbatus, Bishop from Pictorial Lives of the SaintsEntry

An eloquent young priest of the diocese of Benevento, Saint Barbatus was noted for his grave, pious, and studious life, and was chosen by his bishop to fill an important parochial charge. He was severely tried by the apparently fruitless results of his missionary labors. He was scorned and calumniated; but remaining faithful to duty, he was in the end chosen bishop of Benevento, and long governed that see with admirable wisdom and ability. He had the happiness of converting the Lombard nation to the faith, and of winning the friendship of their ruler, Pertharitus. Full of good works, Barbatus died at a green old age in the year 682.

Heavenly image, – earthly mould, –
  Beautiful as bright to view:
Oh, what charms its leaves unfold
  Drenched with Suffering’s sparkling dew!
    – from the Spanish of Fra Alvaro Hinojosa y Carbajal, O.S.B.

Favorite Practice – Patience under calumny, knowing that one must be proved by trial in order to be acceptable to God.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Barbatus, Bishop”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2021. Web. 19 April 2021. <>