Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions

9 October -- Commemoration
If celebrated as a Lesser Festival, Common of Martyrs, page 464

Denys, also called Dionysius, was born in Italy at the beginning of the third century and was sent to convert the peoples of Gaul, along with five other bishops. On reaching Paris, he established there a Christian church on an island in the Seine. He and others were martyred in about the year 250 and an abbey was later built over their tombs, dedicated to Denys. The church became the burial place of French monarchs and Denys has long been regarded as patron saint of France.