A Saint of the Day for Jan.16

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HONORATUS OF ARLES, BISHOP

Honoratus (d. ca. 429), born of an aristocratic pagan Gallo- Roman family, was the founder (ca. 405) of one of the most famous monasteries of the early Church, that of Lerins, off the southern coast of Gaul opposite modernday Cannes. The island is now called Saint-Honorat in his honor. This monastery produced several of southern Gaul’s leading bishops and writers, including Vincent of Lerins. Honoratus was named archbishop of Arles in 426, and died there about three years later. He is patron saint of bakers and cake makers. His feast is not on the General Roman Calendar.

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