St. Eucherius, Bishop of Lyons
A Roman of senatorial rank, Eucherius abandoned his career in midlife to
join the Egyptian-style wilderness ascetic movement which was just
becoming established in southern Gaul. He went first to Lérins,
joined the community founded by St. Honoratus of Arles; later he lived as
a hermit on the Isle of Ste. Marguerite. Around 435, he was made bishop of
Lyons, but seems to have longed for a chance to resume the anchoritical
life. His works have titles like In Praise of Wilderness, and every
he would retreat to the monastic settlements on the river-islands near
Lyons. His writings, and in particular his account of the martyred "Theban
legion," enjoyed enormous popularity in the early Middle Ages.
Norman Hugh Redington
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