Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Irenaeus, Feast Day June 28

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St. Irenaeus of Lyons
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The feast of St. Irenaeus of Lyons is celebrated on June 28.

St. Irenaeus of Lyons is considered a martyr and Church Father. St. Irenaeus was born around 125 in Asia Minor. He was raised in a Christian family, becoming a student of St. Polycarp of Smyrna.

St. Irenaeus was ordained a priest in 177 and became the Bishop of Lyons after the martyrdom of St. Pothinus. He is considered one of the first great Christian theologians. The most well known of his books is titled “Against Heresies”. He defended the holiness of the body and preached to the Gnostics.

St. Irenaeus was martyred in 202 in Lyons, France under the Emperor Septimus Severus.


The Glory of God is man fully alive.


Quote of St. Irenaeus

June is the Month of the Sacred Heart

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