Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Philogonus, Bishop

Pictorial Lives of the Saints illustration for Saint Philogonius, BishopEntry

The holy priest Philogonus was appointed to the see of Antioch in the year 318. His life in the episcopate was an exemplar of sanctity to his entire flock. He was noted for his charity and zeal, and was a determined opponent of Arianism. The purity and heroism of his faith were practically demonstrated when he ranked among the brave confessors of the Church during the persecution of Maximian. Philogonus only governed the see of Antioch five years; but when he slept in the Lord, in 323, he left the affairs of his diocese in a most prosperous condition. His panegyric was pronounced by the renowned sacred orator, Saint John Chrysostom.

Stronger than steel
Is the sword of the Spirit;
Swifter than arrows
The light of the truth is;
Greater than anger
Is love, and subdueth!
    – Henry W Longfellow

Favorite Practice – To often repeat in your daily tasks, “Not how much, but how well.”

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Philogonus, Bishop”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 April 2021. Web. 24 June 2021. <>