St. Pamphilus of Sulmona
April 28, Saint


Seventh century bishop of Sulmona and Corfinium with his see in Abruzzi, Italy. Fed the poor, educated the people, and set an example of piety. Had a custom of celebrating Mass after singing the midnight Office; he followed that by distributing alms, praying through the night, and having breakfast with the poor. Acts like this, and the standard he set, upset some of his clergy: the parishioners expected their priests to behave as well as the bishop. To take the pressure off, some of them brought charges of Arianism against Pamphilus, and the bishop was brought before Pope Sergius I. The Pope vindicated Pamphilus, and sent him home with a large purse of alms for the poor.

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