Saint of the Day

May 16: Saint Peregrine of Auxerre

There have been many Saint Peregrines in the history of the Church, and many people know of Saint Peregrine Laziosi, who was miraculously cured of cancer. Today’s Saint Peregrine lived many centuries before that one.

Peregrine was apparently born in Rome and was sent to preach the Gospel to the pagans living in Auxerre, France, and to serve as their first bishop. He traveled throughout the countryside, as well as in the city, teaching about Jesus Christ. When the imperial governor ordered a new temple to be consecrated to the god Jupiter, Peregrine took the opportunity of its consecration to speak publicly about the Christian faith to the assembled people. The governor ordered him to be arrested, tortured, and then put to death when he refused to renounce his faith in Christ. This happened around the year 261.

Saint Peregrine, show me how to live and die for Christ.