Abundius of Como, St.

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Bishop and patron of Como, Italy; d. April 2 c. 462489, probably 468. Abundius (also called Abundantius), assistant and successor of Bishop Amantius, was consecrated Nov. 17, 449, and sent by Pope Leo I in 450, along with Bishop Eutherius of Capua and the priests Basilius and Senator, to Constantinople to discuss the orthodoxy of its patriarch anatolius. Theodosius II died before their arrival, but Marcian and Pulcheria received them kindly. On Oct. 21, 450, a synod was held in the baptistery of Hagia Sophia in which all the bishops of the patriarchate, beginning with Anatolius, signed the Tome of Leo to Flavian anathematizing the doctrines of nestorius and eutyches. Abundius performed a similar papal mission to Bishop Eusebius of Milan and his suffragans, and then devoted himself to the conversion of pagans in his own diocese.

Feast: April 2.

Bibliography: r. maiocchi, Storia dei vescovi di Como (Milan 1929). p. gini, Bibliotheca Sanctorum 1:2330.

[m. j. costelloe]