Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 116
Venantius, abbot and presbyter in Tours (Gaul), who died before 507, works miracles during his lifetime and at his tomb. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Life of the fathers", Tours (Gaul), ca 590.
Hic et talibus virtutum magnarum gratia pollens, impleto vitae praesentis curriculo, vitam percepturus aeternam, emicuit saeculo, cuius beatum sepulchrum miraculorum inlustrium effectu plerumque redditur gloriosum.
(ed. Krusch 1885: 276)
The man who has received the grace of accomplishing great miracles and other similar things, after having completed the course of the present life, left the world in order to receive eternal life, and his tomb is often glorified by illustrious miracles.
(trans. James 1991: 103)


The first possible terminus ante quem of Venantius' presbyterial activity is the year 507, when Licinius, who succeeded him in abbacy, became bishop of Tours. Thus Venantius was probably active in the last quarter of the 5th century.
Venantius' tomb was almost certainly located at Tours.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Tours

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: Life of the Fathers, Vita Patrum, Liber Vitae Patrum
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (bishop of Tours in Gaul in 573-594) started writing his Life of the Fathers some time before 587 and finished it around 592 or slightly later, as shown by the cross-references to his other works.  It is a collection of twenty Gallic saints` lives of different lengths. They all are in some way connected to Gregory`s family or church interests, while also exemplifying different virtues leading to sanctity. Saints presented in the Life of the Fathers are all either ascetics or bishops.
More on the text: James 1991: ix-xxv.
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Miracula et Opera Minora, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1.2, Hannover 1885, 211-294.
Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, trans. E. James, Liverpool 1991.


Burial/Funerary inscription
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Fame of sanctity
Devotion - Supernatural experience
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