Eutropius of Orange

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Saint Eutropius of Orange
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Saint Eutrope dans la cathédrale Notre Dame de Nazareth à Orange
Bishop
DiedMay 27, 475
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
CanonizedPre-Congregation
Major shrineSt Mary Magdalene's Chapel, London Oratory
FeastMay 27

Eutropius of Orange (French: Saint Eutrope; died 475) was bishop of Orange, France, during the 5th century and probably since 463,[1] in succession to Justus.

Life[edit]

Eutropius was born to the nobility, in Marseille, where he spent a wild and wasted youth. According to tradition, he was converted by his wife and after her death was ordained a deacon by Eustochius. He became Bishop of Orange, succeeding Justin. He became famous, among other things, for miracles attributed to him, but also for his extreme devotion.

Eutropius corresponded with Pope Hilarius and was a friend of Saint Faustus of Riez. Letters from contemporaries speak highly of his learning and piety. Sidonius Apollinaris speaks of him in the highest and most reverential terms.[1] Between 436 and 475 he took part in the Synod of Arles.[2]

His diocese was destroyed by the Visigoths and he died as a martyr on May 27, 475.[2] His feast day is May 27.

His relics are now interred in the altar of St Mary Magdalene's Chapel in the London Oratory, where they were taken from the catacombs in Rome.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Monks of Ramsgate. “Eutropius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 January 2013 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b Ekkart Sauser (2004). "Eutropius of Orange". In Bautz, Traugott (ed.). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). 23. Nordhausen: Bautz. col. 344. ISBN 3-88309-155-3.
  3. ^ "London Oratory". Archived from the original on 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2016-06-08.