Severinus, a noble Roman family monk (the name means "austerity") was born in North Africa around 410. He retired to the Roman province of Noricum (area between Passau and Wien ), whereupon his name Severinus von Noricum goes back. In Favianis, today's Mautern bei Krems in the wine region Wachau (Lower Austria), he lived in the middle of vineyards as a hermit. During the Migration Period after the death of Attila the Hun in 453, he acted as a mediator between the fighting armies in the chaos of war. So he demanded the return of prisoners, prevented the plundering of villages and enforced contracts.
This made him a welcome advisor to the pagan rulers of the Roman border areas. As a preacher of penance and miracle healer, he also worked in Klosterneuburg and Passau, among others. He founded monasteries in Passau and Favianis. Saint Severinus died in Favianis on January 8, 482, the day of his death is also his day of remembrance. He is the patron saint of Bavaria, the prisoner, winegrower and linen weavers, as well as responsible for the fertility of the vines. See also under wine Saints and wine gods,