Saint for the Day - April 15 - St. Paternus
St. Paternus was born
at Poitiers, about the year 482. His father,
Patranus, with the consent of his wife, went into
Ireland, where he ended his days in holy solitude.
Paternus, fired by his example, embraced a monastic
life in the abbey of Marnes. After some time,
burning with a desire of attaining to the perfection
of Catholic virtue, he passed over to Wales, and in
Cardiganshire founded a monastery called
Llan-patern-vaur, or the church of the great
He made a visit to his father in Ireland, but being
called back to his monastery of Marnes, he soon
after retired with St. Scubilion, a monk of that
house, and embraced an austere anchoretical life in
the forests of Scicy, in the diocese of Coutances,
near the sea, having first obtained leave of the
bishop and of the lord of the place. This desert,
which was then of great extent, but which has been
since gradually gained upon by the sea, was
anciently in great request among the Druids. St.
Paternus converted to the faith the idolaters of
that and many neighboring parts, as far as Bayeux,
and prevailed upon them to demolish a pagan temple
in this desert, which was held in great veneration
by the ancient Gauls. In his old age he was
consecrated Bishop of Avranches by Germanus, Bishop
Some false brethren having created a division of
opinion among the bishops of the province with
respect to St. Paternus, he preferred retiring
rather than to afford any ground for dissension,
and, after governing his diocese for thirteen years,
he withdrew to a solitude in France, and there ended
his days about the year 550.
Saint for the Day - St. Paternus
Read about the Saint for today - April 15 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The greatest sacrifices imposed
by the love of peace will appear
as naught if we call to mind the
example of Our Saviour, and
remember His words, "Blessed are
the peacemakers, for they shall
be called the children of God."
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