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Paternus of Avranches

(d. 564)


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(d. 564),

bishop. Born at Poitiers, the son of a civil servant. Paternus became a monk at Ansion (Poitou), but after some time he was a hermit near Coutances, settling with St Scubilio in Scissy. Later a monastery was built there called Saint-Pair. Paternus became abbot and founded other monasteries near by. At the age of seventy he became bishop of Avranches, attended a council at Paris, and ruled for thirteen years. He died on the same day as Scubilio; both were buried at Scissy. This saint and the following one, of the same name and nearly the same date, are frequently confused in Martyrologies and calendars. Feast: 16 April (23 September at Abingdon and Malmesbury: 27 September at Gloucester).

AA.SS. Apr. II (1675), 425–30; Life by Venantius Fortunatus, ed. B. Krusch in M.G.H., Auctores Antiquissimi, iv (part 2), 33–7; see also P. Grosjean in Paternus of Wales.

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