St Reverianus (Patron Invoked Against Drought)
St Reverianus of Autun died June 1, 273 AD was a 3rd-century bishop of Autun. According to tradition, Reverianus was of Italian origin. He sent by Pope Felix I to evangelize the Aedui. A Gallic people of Gallia Lugdunensis and is considered the “apostle of the Morvan.”
According to Usuard, he was persecuted during the reign of the Emperor Aurelian. According to tradition, Reverianus’ preaching and conversions came to the attention of Emperor Aurelian. Who was visiting the province of Sens at the time. Also executed with Reverianus were his companion. Named St. Paul or Paulus of Autun. Along with 10 other followers.
According to one source, “the name not mentioned by earlier writers. And the first bishop of Autun seems to have been Reticius. who was present at the Synod of Rome A.D. 313. At Arles in the following year. Reverianus may have been revered as a bishop because he was the leader of this group of preachers. He may not have executed at Autun itself but at the site of the town named after him. According to a tradition at Nevers, Reverianus executed outside of the city walls of that city.
In the 4th century, with freedom of worship granted to Christians by the Edict of Milan. A monastic cell built over the graves of these martyrs.
This monastic cell became in 866 the oratory of St. Révérien. Which granted by Charles the Fat to the chapter of Nevers. It had been previously under the jurisdiction of the Benedictines of the Abbey of Saint Martin d’Autun. In 1076, this monastery became affiliated with Abbey of Cluny. In the 13th century, the present church of St. Révérien built according to the Cluniac style.