Castor of Karden

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Saint Castor of Karden
Karden Statue Kastorbrunnen 2006-08-16.jpg
Statue of Saint Castor at Karden.
Born Aquitaine?
Died ~400 AD
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Major shrine Basilika St. Kastor (Basilica of St. Castor), Koblenz
Feast 13 February
Patronage Koblenz

Saint Castor of Karden (German: Kastor von Karden) was a priest and hermit of the 4th century who is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church. Castor was a pupil of Maximinus of Trier around 345 AD,[1] and was ordained as a priest by Maximinus. Like his teacher, Castor may have come from the region of Aquitaine.[1] At his ordination, Castor settled at Karden on the Moselle as a hermit with various companions, where they dedicated themselves to an ascetic life and established a small religious community.

Castor’s companions there included the Aquitanian pilgrim Saint Potentinus, and Potentinus’ two sons Felicius and Simplicius.[1]

Castor died at Karden at an advanced age.[2]


By the year 791 AD, there was already a reliquary dedicated to Castor, which was translated to the Paulinuskirchen at Karden.[2] In 836, the relics were translated to what became the Basilica of St. Castor at Koblenz by Archbishop Hetto of Trier.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Kastor van Karden". Heiligen-3s. n.d. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Heiliger Kastor von Karden". n.d. Retrieved March 27, 2009.

External links

  • (in German) Kastor - ein Mann aus Aquitanien
  • (in Dutch) Kastor van Karden
  • (in German) Kastor von Karden
  • (in Italian) [1]
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