Ceratius (or Ceracius), Saint, of Simorra

Ceratius (Or Ceracius), Saint, Of Simorra a bishop, is said to have been born of a princely Burgundian family, and to have been a pupil of Ambrose of Milan. But, in an ancient inscription in the Church of Eauze, he is called a disciple of "Saturninus Tolosanus episc." He is called St. Ceratius of Simorra, because his remains were translated to, and preserved in, the Benedictine monastery of St. Mary in Simorra (diocese of Auch). There is some doubt as to the precise diocese over which he ruled. By some writers he is called bishop of Eauze, or Euse (Elusa), in Gascony, while others say that he was bishop of Grenoble. He is said to have had a long dispute with one of the sect of the Sadducees, to whom he expounded the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and whom he converted. On that account there arose against him a bitter persecution, upon which he fled with his two deacons, Gervasius and Protasius, to an obscure place in Gascony, called Sainctes, where he won for himself great renown as a saint. St. Ceratius is commemorated June 6. See Bolland, Acta Sanctorum, June, 1, 708.

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