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St. Bassianus

Bassianus
The body of Saint Bassianus in the crypt of Lodi Cathedral
Born ~320 AD
Died ~409 AD
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Feast January 19
Attributes deer; episcopal attire
Patronage Lodi

Saint Bassianus of Lodi (Italian: San Bassiano; ca. 320 – ca. 409) was an Italian saint, the patron saint of Lodi and Pizzighettone in Italy.

Biography

Born in Syracuse, Sicily, to Sergius, prefect of the city, Bassianus was sent to Rome in order to complete his studies. There, he was converted to Christianity by a priest named Jordan (Giordano).

Bassianus's father, who wanted his son to apostatize, asked him to return to Syracuse. Bassianus refused and fled to Ravenna. When the bishop of Lodi died around 373, Bassianus was asked to succeed him. He built a church dedicated to the Apostles, consecrating it in 381 in the presence of Saint Ambrose and Saint Felix of Como. He participated in the Council of Aquileia in 381 and may perhaps have participated in the Council of Milan (390), in which Jovinian was condemned.

Bassianus's signature is found together with Ambrose's in a letter sent to Pope Siricius. In 397, Bassianus was present at the funeral of his friend Ambrose. Bassianus died in 409, perhaps on January 19, his feast day.

Veneration

In 1158, when Milanese forces destroyed Lodi, his relics were taken to Milan. They were returned in 1163, when Lodi was rebuilt by Frederick Barbarossa.

External links

  • San Bassiano (Italian)
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