ST. LIBORIUS, BISHOP OF MANS, C.
HE was descended of a noble Gaulish family, and by
his innocence and sanctity of life was recommended to the priesthood
in the church of Mans. He loved retirement and prayer, never
conversed with seculars but on spiritual accounts, and linked himself
only with those among the clergy whose actions and words were such as
might inspire him more and more with the spirit of his state. His
distinguished learning and virtue fixed all eyes upon him, and in 348
he was chosen fourth bishop of Mans. Indefatigable in all the
functions of his charge, he prayed and fasted much, and was most
attentive in succoring the necessities of the poor, by that means to
draw down the blessing of God upon himself and his flock. He built
and endowed many new churches in his diocess, and having governed it
forty-nine years, died about the year 397. His remains were
translated to Paderborn in 836, and he is honored as patron of that
city. See Tillemont, t. 10, p. 307. Fleury1. 28, n. 61, p. 495.