St. Virgil of Arles
A native of Gascony, St. Virgil became a monk
Lérins. Legends say that
he became abbot, but his name is absent from the surviving lists of
abbots. He was the abbot of
St-Symphonien and was a friend of
Pope St. Gregory the Great,
who rebuked him for his attempts to
force conversion upon the Jews.
Virgil was named metropolitan of
Arles c. 580; legends say that Gregory
gave him the pallium. Bede says that Virgil consecrated
Augustine of Kent
archbishop at Gregory's request. Gregory named his friend apostolic vicar
to the court of Childebert II (c. 570-595). When Virgil died c. 610, he
was buried at the
monastery of St-Savior, which he founded. Many miracles
were attributed to his intercession.
Karen Rae Keck
Return to St Pachomius Library.