SS. FERREOLUS, OR FARGEAU, A PRIEST, AND
FERRUTIUS, A DEACON, MM.
THEY were ordained by St. Irenæus, and sent
by him to preach the gospel at Besançon, where, after
suffering many torments, they were beheaded for the faith in the
persecution of Severus in 211 or 212. St. Gregory of Tours says,1
that their relies were glorified by miracles in his time, and that
his brother-in-law was cured by them of a dangerous distemper. They
are at this day esteemed a great treasure of the cathedral of
Besançon. See their ancient acts cited by St. Gregory of
Tours, with the notes of Hens chenius, Junij, t. 3, p. 6.