Saint Leander of Seville

[Saint Leander of Seville]
27 February
Son of Severianus and Theodora, known for their piety. Brother of Saint Isidore of Seville, Saint Fulgentius, and Saint Florentina. Monk at Seville. Bishop of Seville.

Converted princes Hermenegild and Reccared, sons of the Arian Visigoth king Leovigild, who then exiled Leander to Constantinople from 579 to 582. There he became close friends with the papal legate who later became Pope Gregory the Great; he recommended Gregory write his famous commentary (Moralia) on the Book of Job.

When Reccared ascended the throne, Leander was allowed to return to Seville. Worked against Arianism. Presided over the Third Council of Toledo in 589. His boundless energy and steady faith led the Visigoths back to orthodox belief.

Wrote an influential Rule for nuns. Intoduced the Nicene Creed to Mass in the west. Honored as a Doctor of the Faith by the Church in Spain.
c.534 at Catagena, Spain
c.600 at Seville, Spain of natural causes
Additional Information
New Catholic Dictionary
Today's Saint by Gail Buckley
Catholic Encyclopedia
The Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Brunson
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