Saint Viventiolus (French: Saint Vivientol) (460 – July 12, 524) (also known as Juventiole) was the Archbishop of Lyon (ancient Lugdunum) 514–523. Later canonized and venerated as a saint within the Catholic Church, ⁣ref>Archdiocese of Lyon, France at Catholic</ref> his feast Day is July 12. He is recognised in the Orthodox Church and the True Orthodox Church, including amongst the Tikhonites, as a pre-Great Schism Western Saint.


Viventiolus and his brother Rusticus[1] were the sons of Aquilinus (c. 430-c. 470), a nobleman of Lyon, and friend of Sidonius Apollinaris (c. 400). Aquilinus was a vicarius of a province in Gaul between 423 and 448 under Apollinaris, the father of Sidonius.

Through his paternal grandmother, Tullia, Viventiolus was the great-grandson of Saint Eucherius and his wife Gallia. His paternal grandfather was the son of Decimus Rusticus and his wife Artemia.


Viventiolus was a monk of St. Oyend (St. Claude), in Jura, where he was elected prior. Avitus of Vienne recommended him for the See of Lyon.[1] In 517, he and Avitus presided over the Council of Epaone.

He is also the author of a book Life of the Jura Fathers, which described the beginnings of monasticism in that region.[2]


  1. ^ a b Avitus of Vienne, (Danuta Shanzer, Ian N. Wood, trans.), Liverpool University Press, 2002, ISBN 9780853235880, p. 266
  2. ^ Mélanges d'archéologie et d'Histoire, 1898, vol.18 (M. l'abbé Duchesne sur Persee. 1898).fr


  • Bishop of Tours Gregory, Historia Francorum (The History of the Franks) (London, England: Penguin Books, Ltd., 1974).
  • Sidonius Apollinaris, The Letters of Sidonius (Oxford: Clarendon, 1915) (orig.), pp. clx-clxxxiii; List of Correspondents, Notes, V.ix.1.
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