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Saint Abundius
Hermit, bishop, and confessor
Born fifth century
Thessalonica, Greece
Died 469[1]
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Major shrine Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, Como
Feast 2 April
Attributes depicted in art as a bishop with a stag; sometimes he is shown raising a dead child to life[2]
Patronage The city and the diocese of Como

Saint Abundius (also Abondius, Abundias, or Abbondio; early fifth century – 469) was a Bishop of Como, Northern Italy.

He was born at Thessalonica. Around 448 Abundius became the fourth Bishop of Como, succeeding Amantius.[3] He was present at the Council of Constantinople in 448, and took an active part against the Eutychian heresy at Chalcedon (451), where he was the representative of Pope Leo the Great. In 452 he also took part in the Council of Milan, convened to refute the same heresy. Abundius is one of those to whom the authorship of the Te Deum is occasionally attributed.

The Romanesque church of Sant'Abbondio at Como, consecrated in 1095 by Pope Urban II, is dedicated to him, and his relics are conserved beneath its principal altar.[4]


  1. ^ Jones, Terry. "Abundius of Como". Patron Saints Index. Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2007. 
  2. ^ Rabenstein, Katherine (April 1999). "Abundius of Como, Hermit (RM)". Saints O' the Day for April 2. Retrieved 4 March 2007. 
  3. ^ The death of his predecessor Saint Amanzio, a native of Canterbury in England, is traditionally set at 448. See the article Sant'Amanzio di Como (Italian) on the Italian Wikipedia
  4. ^ See the article on the Basilica di Sant'Abbondio (Italian) on the Italian Wikipedia

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Abundius". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.