January 18

St. Volusian

Saint Volusian

Life and Devotion

Saint Volusian of Tours, Also called Volusianus, might be considered alesser saint but he is highly revered. However, not much is known aboutthe history of this saint.

Saint Volusian was born in France, Europe, on an unknown date. He wasthe 7th Bishop of Tours, France, and he also occupied Senatorial power.

Saint Volusian came from a rich and distinguished family. He was highlyrespected and was related to his predecessor Saint Perpetuus and evenRuricius who was an Aristocrat and Bishop of Limoges.

Even though he was a devout Bishop, it was a time in which clericalcelibacy was a rule and so Saint Volucia was married.

His wife, whose name is unknown, was described as foul-mouthed, bitter,and with a bad temper. His marriage was one of his first challenges inlife.

Saint Volusian ruled in a time when Barbaric groups threatened to takeover the government.

Saint Volusian was active in politics even as a Bishop. It was in thosedays that Clovis was King of Franks. It was not long before theVisigoths, early Germanic pagans, began to wage war on France.

As the Visigoths continued to conquer the town, Saint Volusian becamemore afraid. Eventually, the Visigoths hijacked Saint Volusian’sdiocese.

The Goths believed that Saint Volusian was making plans to team up withClovis to overthrow them. This caused them to exile Saint Volusian toSpain.

Death and Canonization

Saint Volusian died around the year 498. The cause of his death howeverremains debated.

The most debated point is that Saint Volusian died a Martyr. It was toldthat the Goth followed him into Spain, cornered him, and beheaded him.

This reported Martyrdom might have been the basis for his Canonization.

Much of what is known about Saint Volusian was told in a book written byGregory of Tours almost a century later. Saint Volusian is celebrated bythe Catholic Church on the 18th of January.

5 Interesting Facts About St. Volusian

  1. Did you know that Saint Volusian is the patron saint of Foix? Foix
    is a commune which is located in the Occitanie region of
    southwestern France.
  2. Did you know that some people place Saint Volusian’s place of death
    to be Toulouse, France?
  3. Did you know that Saint Volusian communicated his fears about the
    Goths in a letter to Bishop Ruricius? Ruricius had replied in good
    humor about how Volusian was in a war already, his Marriage, had
    so had nothing to be afraid of.
  4. Did you know that Saint Volusian’s Felix was taken to Foix?
  5. Did you know that an Augustinian Church was built in Foix in Saint
    Volusian’s honor?

Prayer to St. Volusian

Lord, may we venerate and apply the life of St. Volusian, your humbleservant of Tours, into our daily lives.That we may be humble of heart and Strong in our proclamation of theGospel of Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spiritforever and ever.