Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers

statue of Saint Hilaire of Poitier; by Franz Anton Koch, 1742; Saint Michael parish church, Mondsee, Upper Austria; photgraphed on 11 May 2009 by Wolfgang Sauber; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsEntry

In the fourth century, the Emperor Constantius, favoring the Arian heresy and being offended at the Christian boldness of Bishop Hilary of Poitiers in opposing his projects, banished that prelate to the East and caused him to remain in exile. Saint Hilary, however, devoted himself in the interval to the composition of an admirable treatise on the Trinity, clearly setting forth the orthodox doctrine; and by his action at the Council of Seleucia, as well as by his writings and prudent measures, preserved the Church from a deplorable schism. He died at Poitiers in 368.

Far from the busy haunts of men,
  Far from their bustle, toil, and strife,
Within my own dear shady glen,
  I lead a quiet, studious life.
While towns with carking cares are rife
  I muse alone where few intrude;
The cares that whet Decay’s sharp knife
  Break not upon my solitude.
– Father P. A. Treacy

Favorite Practice – Zealously to shun whatever could dim the pure light of faith.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 23 April 2021. <>