Valerian of Abbenza

Saint Valerian (377–457) was bishop of Abbenza in North Africa, probably Dioecesis Zabensis.(it)[1][2] He was martyred in 457 when he refused to surrender the sacred vessels of his church to the Vandals led by Arian king Geiseric, who outlawed him, notwithstanding his great age, eighty years.[3] Valerian was driven out of the city and left to die of exposure. His feast day is celebrated in September 15.

Valerian of Abbenza
Bishop and Martyr
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast15 September
28 November


  1. ^ Optatus of Mileve (1700). Opera (in Latin). Vol. VII: De schismate donatistarum. Paris: Andream Pralard. p. XCIII.
  2. ^ "Historiae victoris de persecvtione vandalorvm". Avtores historiae ecclesiasticae (in Latin). Paris: Petrum Regnault. 1541. p. 633.
  3. ^ Monks of Ramsgate. "Valerian". Book of Saints 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 December 2016  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.


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