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St. Porcarius, O.S.B.
Abbot and martyr
Died c. 732
Abbey of Lérins, Liguria, Kingdom of the Lombards
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
(Diocese of Fréjus)
Major shrine Abbey of Lérins, Île de Saint-Honorat, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Feast 12 August

Porcarius (died c. 732), known as Saint-Porchaire in French, was a Benedictine abbot who governed the Abbey of Lérins, off the coast of the French Riviera, (now known as Île de Saint-Honorat, as the monastery was founded by Honoratus of Arles) at a time when the monastery included over 500 monks.

According to tradition, around the year 732, Porcarius was warned by an angel in a vision that the abbey was about to be attacked by barbarians. Immediately, the abbot heeded the warning and sent off to safety by ship all the young students at the abbey and 36 of the younger monks. When the ship left fully loaded, he set about preparing the rest of the community for death and prayed with them for courage.

The community was attacked by the Saracens, probably Moors from Spain or North Africa, and were massacred, except four who were taken into slavery. Their feast day is celebrated in the Diocese of Fréjus on 12 August.


  • A less well-known Catholic figure also known as Porcarius (or in some documents, "Porcar") was a canon of the Cathedral of Nantes, and a monk in the Cistercian Abbey of Buzay. He appears to be the brother "according to the flesh" who received, in Nantes, the then abbot Peter Abelard, when he came to return the visit of Count Conan III. [1]

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