Dionysius of Vienne
Hieromartyr saint Dionysius of Vienne was the sixth Bishop of Vienne, in France. Around A.D. 177 Dionysius succeeded St. Justus as Bishop of Vienne, in Dauphiné, France. He was martyred after A.D. 193, under Emperor Septimius Severus, and his feast day is on May 8.[note 1]
- According to A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines:
"Sixth bishop of Vienne. He is said by Ado (Patrol. Lat. cxxiii. 24), bishop of Vienne who died in 875, to have lived until the reign of Helvius Pertinax, A.D. 193. But great doubt is felt about the early bishops of Vienne, Ado being the only authority. The statements of Sulpicius Severus and Gregory of Tours that Christianity was not introduced into Gaul till the third century are directly contradictory to Ado. Nothing can be determined. He is commemorated on the 9th of May, according to the Bollandists. According to the MS. Florarium Sanctorum he is commemorated on the 7th, according to Bede on the 8th."
- Great Synaxaristes: (Greek)
Ὁ Ἅγιος Διονύσιος ὁ Ἱερομάρτυρας. 8 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
- May 8. Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.
- Rev. William MacDonald Sinclair (W.M.S.) "DIONYSIUS (4), ST." In: William Smith and Henry Wace. A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines. Volume 1: A-D. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1877. Page 850.