ST. GATIAN, FIRST BISHOP OF TOURS, C.
ST. GATIAN came from Rome with St. Dionysius of
Paris about the middle of the third century, and preached the faith
principally at Tours in Gaul, where he fixed his episcopal see. The
Gauls in that part were extremely addicted to the worship of their
idols. But no contradictions or sufferings were able to discourage or
daunt this true apostle: and by perseverance he gained several to
Christ. He assembled his little flock in grots and caves, and there
celebrated the divine mysteries. For he was obliged often to lie hid
in lurking holes a long time together in order to escape a cruel
death, with which the heathens frequently threatened him, and which
he was always ready to receive with joy if he had fallen into their
hands. Having continued his labors with unwearied zeal amidst
frequent sufferings and dangers for near the space of fifty years, he
died in peace and was honored with miracles. See St. Gregory of
Tours,1. 1, c. 30; the Roman Martyrology, and Gallia Christiana.