St. Irenaeus of Lyons


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/28


Patron Of: Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama

Memorial
    28 June (Western Church)
    23 August (Eastern Church)

Profile
    Disciple of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna. Priest in 177. Bishop of Lyons. Worked and wrote against Gnosticism, basing his arguments on the works of Saint John, whose Gospel is often cited by Gnostics. Considered the first great Western ecclesiastical writer, he emphasized the unity of the Old and New Testaments, and of Christ's simultaneous human and divine nature. Father of the Church. Martyr.

Born
    c.130 in Asia Minor

Died
    martyred in 202 in Lyons, France
    tomb and relics were destroyed by Calvinists in 1562
    head in Saint John's church, Lyons, France

Name Meaning
    lover of peace; peaceful (greek)

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation

Patronage
    Mobile, Alabama, archdiocese of



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