Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Severinus, Bishop

painting of Saint Severin of Noricum; detail from the altar in the church of San Severin in Naples, Italy; c.1470 by the Master of San Severino; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsEntry

In the fifth century Saint Severinus quitted his hermitcell in the solitudes of the East, and devoted himself to evangelizing the population of Norcia, in Austria, and the Tyrol. He at first met with great resistance, but his persevering labors and saintly example soon effected wonders of conversion. Like Saint John the Baptist, he preached penance continually to his hearers; and he required that those who were afflicted or infirm should first do penance for their sins before he would consent to pray for them or heal them of their diseases. He possessed the gift of prophecy, and was regarded by kings and nations with singular veneration. He died upon January 9, 482.

He always wins who sides with God,
  To him no chance is lost;
God’s will is sweetest to him when
  It triumphs at his cost.
– Father Faber

Favorite Practice – Some little self-denial in lawful pleasures.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Severinus, Bishop”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 September 2020. Web. 25 September 2020. <>