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St. Eusebius was born in Sardinia to a noble family.  His mother took him to Rome while he was an infant.  He received a Christian education.  Pope St. Sylvester ordained him a lector, and he was sent to Vercelli in Piedmont and joined the clergy of that Church.  Around 340 he was made a Bishop.  He united the clerical with the monastic life,  living in community with his clergy.  He succeeded in forming a widely renowned clergy.  Arianism was making great inroads into the Orthodox Faith and St. Eusebius held to the Orthodox.  When St. Athanasius, the greatest champion of the Faith at that time,  was condemned he refused to join in the condemnation.  Because of this, Eusebius was banished to Scythopolis in Palestine by the Emperor.  He suffered greatly at the hands of the Arians.  Later he was sent to Cappadocia and later to Upper Thebes in Egypt.   When Emperor Constantine died in 361, Eusebius was released.  Making his way back to Vercelli, he strengthened the Faith of many.  He died in peace in Vercelli in 370.

FEAST DAY:  August 2

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