SAINT MAXIMINUS, BISHOP OF TRIERS, C.
From the works of St. Athanasius and St. Hilary,
and from the councils. See Tillem. t. 7, p. 248. Rivet Hist. Lit. Fr.
t. 1, and Calmet, Hist. Lor. t. 1.
A. D. 349.
ST. MAXIMINUS was one of those pastors whom God
raised in the most dangerous times to support his church. He was born
at Poitiers, nobly descended, and related to Maxentius, bishop of
that city before St. Hilary. The reputation of the sanctity of St.
Agritius, bishop of Triers, drew him young to that city, and after a
most virtuous education, he was admitted to holy orders, and, upon
the death of Agritius, chosen his successor in 332. When St.
Athanasius was banished to Triers in 336, St. Maximinus received him,
not as a person disgraced, but as a most glorious confessor of
Christ, and thought it a great happiness to enjoy the company of so
illustrious a saint. St. Athanasius stayed with him two years; and
his work bear evidence to the indefatigable vigilance, heroic
courage, and exemplary virtue of our saint, who was before that time
famous for the gift of miracles. St. Paul, bishop of Constantinople,
being banished by Constantius, found also a retreat at Triers, and in
St. Maximinus a powerful protector. Our saint, by his counsels,
precautioned the emperor Constans against the in trigues and snares
of the Arians, and on every occasion discovered their artifice, and
opposed their faction. He was one of the most illustrious defenders
of the Catholic faith in the council of Sardica in 347, and had the
honor to be ranked by the Arians with St. Athanasius, in an
excommunication which they pretended to fulminate against them at
Philippopolis. St. Maximinus is said to have died in Poitou in 349,
having made a journey thither to see his relations. He was buried
near Poitiers; but his body was afterwards translated to Triers on
the day which is now devoted to his memory. St. Maximinus, by
protecting and harboring saints, received himself the recompense of a