Abundius and Irenaeus

St Abundius and St Irenaeus (Died 258) were probably natives of Rome.

Portrait of Emperor Valerian on Roman Coin

During the reign of the Roman Emperor Valerian (253-260), Christians were relentlessly persecuted. Initially, clergy were told to give sacrifice to Roman Gods or face “banishment” (exile). The following year Valerian ordered the execution of all Christian leaders and instructed others to offer sacrifice to Roman Gods. Leading Christians that were executed included, Cyprian -Bishop of Carthage, Pope Sixtus II -Bishop of Rome and seven deacons including, St Lawrence of Rome.

St Abundis, a devout Christian, and St Irenaeus who worked as a sewer-keeper, were reported to Roman authorities for seeking out the bodies of Christian martyrs and giving them respectful burials. Their punishment: they were both thrown into a public sewer where they either drowned or suffocated.

St Abundius and St Irenaeus were buried in the Cemetery of Saint Cyriaca and a Basilica built in their honour near San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura. Their Feast Day is the 26th of August.

St’s Abundius and Irenaeus:

Pray that hatred and anger will hold no place in our daily living.

Glory be to the…


Image of St Irenaeus

St Irenaeus (130 – 202) was born into a Christian family at Smyrna in Turkey. His faith was influenced by the writings of John the Evangelist through his teachers. He was Bishop of Lugdunum (Lyon, France) at the time of his death.

Although little is known about his life, his respected writings were formative to the early development of Christian Theology. His writings are also the earliest witness to the recognition of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

St Irenaeus’ Feast Day is the 28th June.

St Irenaeus:

Pray for us that we will accept and live by the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus as recorded by Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.

Glory be to the…