Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Honaratus, Bishop

statue of Saint Honoratus of Arles, date and artist unknown; Basílica de la Mercè, Barcelona, Spain; photographed on 14 May 2016 by Zarateman; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsEntry

A scion of one of the noblest consular families of Gaul, Saint Honaratus, in the fourth century, renounced the empty honors and riches of his position, and retired with his brother, to a solitary retreat far from their own country. His brother having died soon after, Honaratus returned to Gaul, and erected his hermitage on the isle of Lerins, where he soon found himself surrounded by other pious cenobites. He devoted his time to training these disciples and initiating them into the highest religious virtue; giving special attention to the sanctification of Saint Hilary, who was to succeed him. Having been appointed bishop of Arles, Saint Honaratus held the see about two years, and died in 429.

Onward he moves to meet his latter end.
Angels around befriending virtue’s friend;
Sinks to the grave with unperceived decay,
While resignation gently slopes the way;
And all his prospects, brightening to the last,
His heaven commences ere the world is past.
– Oliver Goldsmith

Favorite Practice – A self-sacrificing solicitude for the best interests of others.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Honaratus, Bishop”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 19 April 2021. <>