St. Paulinus of Nola

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/22

Also known as
    Meropius Pontius Anicius Paulinus

    22 June

    Friend of Saint Augustine of Hippo and Saint Nicetas of Remesiana, and mentioned for his holiness by at least six of his contemporary saints.

    Distinguished lawyer. Held several public offices in the Empire, then retired from public ministry with his wife, Therasia, first to Bordeaux, where they were baptized, and then to Therasia's estate in Spain. After the death of their only son at the age of only a few weeks, the couple decided to spend the rest of their lives devoted to God. They gave away most of their estates and dedicated themselves to increasing their holiness.

    Priest. Paulinus and Therasia moved to Nola, gave away the rest of their property, and dedicated themselves to helping the poor. Paulinus chosen bishop of Nola by popular demand; governed the diocese for more than 21 years while living in his own home as a monk, and continuing to aid the poor. His writings contain one of the earliest examples of a Christian wedding song.

    c.354 at Burdigala, Gaul (Bordeaux, France)

    22 June 431 of natural causes


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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