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Feast  March 9
Died  391 AD, Barcelona, Spain
Name  Pacian Pacian
Children  Flavius Lucius Dexter

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Venerated in  Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Similar People  Eulalia of Barcelona, Raymond of Penyafort, Josep Manyanet i Vives

Repentance before Communion by Saint Pacian of Barcelona

Saint Pacian (Pacianus) (Catalan: Sant Pacià) (c. 310–391 AD) was a bishop of Barcelona during the fourth century. He was bishop from about 365 AD to 391 AD, succeeding Praetextatus (Pretextat), who had attended a church council at Sardica in 347 AD and who is the first recorded bishop of Barcelona.

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Considered a Father of the Church, Pacian is eulogized in Jerome's De viris illustribus, in which Jerome praises his eloquence, learning, chastity, and holiness of life.

His writings are extant only in part in three letters and a short treatise, Paraenesis ad Poenitentiam. In his writings, he discussed ecclesiastical discipline, baptism, papal primacy, and teachings on penance against Novatianism, which was then flourishing in Spain. He is also remembered from a phrase from one of his letters: Christianus mihi nomen est, catholicus vero cognomen ("My name is Christian, my surname is Catholic.").

Pacian was married and had a son, Flavius Dexter, who served as high chamberlain to Theodosius I and as praetorian prefect to Honorius. Jerome did not know Pacian personally, but knew Pacian's son, to whom De Viris Illustribus is dedicated.


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