St. Honoratus, Bishop of Arles
Born into a consular family c. 350, St. Honoratus and his brother Venatius
converted to Christianity in their youth. The two travelled to Syria,
Egypt, and Greece with their director, St. Caprais. After the death of
Venatius, Honoratus returned to Gaul and became a hermit in the mountains
near Fréjus. Encouraged by Bishop Leontius of Fréjus,
Honoratus established a monastery on the island of Lérins c. 410.
The rule of the monastery was derived from that of St. Pachomius,
and some monks lived as cenobites and some as anchorites. In 426,
Honoratus was unwillingly made bishop of Arles, and he died three
years later. His writings have been lost.
Karen Rae Keck
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