Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Severinus, Abbot

Saint Severinus, Abbot of Agaunum from Pictorial Lives of the SaintsEntry

Abbot of the monastery of Saint Maurice in the Valais, Saint Severinus was remarkable in the fifth century for his eminent charity and for the many miraculous cures he effected in the sick. Clovis I of France, in the year 507, being ill of an obstinate fever which baffled the skill of his physicians, sent for the holy abbot of Saint Maurice; and no sooner had Severinus laid upon the king the hem of his monastic robe and besought Heaven for his cure, than the monarch was healed of his malady. In gratitude to the saint, King Clovis gave him permission to draw from the royal coffers abundant alms for the poor, and to set at liberty all such prisoners as he might deem fit. On his way back to his monastery, Severinus happily expired.

There beside the failing lamp
Of the lowly and the stricken
He hath stood to cheer and quicken.
    – Dr. R. D. Joyce

Favorite Practice – Frequent visits to the sick, and particularly to those who are poor and desolate.

MLA Citation

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