Paternus St

Paternus St.

(1), a French prelate of the early mediaeval period, was born about 365. He was the founder of the Church of Vannes, and was taken from the solitude in which he lived to ascend the episcopal chair, then but recently established by king Meriadec. Constrained by persecution to leave his church, Paternus returned to his hermitage, where he died about 448. His remains were successively carried to Marmontier, Issoudun, and to the church of his own name at Vannes. He is honored by the Roman Catholic Church on April 13.

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