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Saint of the day June 28, saint irenaeus of lyon


Feast Day: June 28

Lived (130 - 202)



Irenaeus was born in a province in Asia Minor. He was a brilliant student and well versant in the Scriptures, which led him to serve as a priest under Saint Pothinus, the first bishop of a local church.

His fellow clergy thought highly of him, so highly, in fact, that in 177 when the persecution of Catholics in Lyon in France began, they sent him away to Rome because Saint Pothinus wanted to preserve him from martyrdom.

Irenaeus returned to Lyon and became a bishop. He remained a bishop for about two decades, wrote several works against heresy and dedicated his life to evangelism. Irenaeus is regarded as one of the most dmsingularized theologians of his time.

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