Saint of the Day – 13 October – Saint Lubentius (Died 370) Priest, Missionary, Disciple of St Martin of Tours and St Maximinus of Trier. Patronage – sailors on the River Lahn. Also known as – Lubencio, Lubenzio, Lubin.
Lubentius was delivered by his parents when a small child, to St Martin of Tours, to educate him. St Martin Baptised him and treated him as a son. Martin later sent him to Bishop St Maximinus of Trier in Germany, to be educated for the priesthood. When Lubentius came of canonical age, Maximin Ordained him Priest.
He worked as a Parish Priest in Kobern. In 349, St Maximin us died while visiting relatives in Acquitaine. His successor, St Paulinus of Trier, sent Lubentius to retrieve the Saint’s body. Lubentius travelled to Acquitaine and after diligent search, discovered the Church where St Maximinus’ body had been buried. He and his companions, obtained the keys to the Church from the sleeping custodian and made off with the body, bringing it back to Trier.
According to the records of the 12th century, he worked as a Missionary along the Lahn river and founded a famous Church at Dietkirchen.
He died in Kobern. His body was interred in the collegiate Church of Saint Lubentius in Dietkirchen, Limburg, Germany. Some relics were granted to Kell, Andernach, Germany, some relics to Lahnstein, Germany and also to Trier, Germany.