Bassianus of Lodi
The body of Saint Bassianus in the crypt of Lodi Cathedral
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Attributes||deer; episcopal attire|
Bassianus's father, who wanted his son to apostatize, asked him to return to Syracuse. Bassianus refused and fled to Ravenna. When the bishop of Lodi died around 373, Bassianus was asked to succeed him. He built a church dedicated to the Apostles, consecrating it in 381 in the presence of Saint Ambrose and Saint Felix of Como. He participated in the Council of Aquileia in 381 and may perhaps have participated in the Council of Milan (390), in which Jovinian was condemned.
Bassianus's signature is found together with Ambrose's in a letter sent to Pope Siricius. In 397, Bassianus was present at the funeral of his friend Ambrose. Bassianus died in 409, perhaps on January 19, his feast day.
- San Bassiano (Italian)