Victurius of le Mans, St.

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Bishop of Le Mans, France, known also as Victorius or Victor; b. before 450; d. Sept. 1, 490. He assisted at the synods of Angers (453) and Tours (461) and collaborated with fellow bishops in matters of church discipline. Soon after his death gregory of tours alluded to him as "venerable confessor," described how he miraculously saved Le Mans from destruction by fire, and attributed to his sanctity cures that took place at his tomb. Since the 7th century he has been venerated at the basilica dedicated to him in Le Mans.

Feast: Sept. 1.

Bibliography: Acta Sanctorum Sept. 1:220223. l. duchesne, Fastes épiscopaux de l'ancienne Gaule (Paris 190715) 2:312313, 336337. gregory of tours, De gloria confessorum, ch. 55, Patrologia latina, ed. j. p. migne (Paris 187890) 71:868869. a. ledru, Les Premiers temps de l'église du Mans (Le Mans 1913). Bibliotheca hagiographica latina antiquae et mediae aetatis 2:1243. Analecta Bollandiana 39 (1921) 93,100101, 110.

[l. m. coffey]