Menology of England and Wales – Saint Brioc, Bishop, Confessor, c.500

detail from an icon of Saint Brieuc of Brittany, Orthodox Association of Saint Anne of BretagneArticle

Brioc was a native of Great Britain, probably of Cardiganshire, in South Wales. His parents were persons of distinction in their country, but pagans at the time of their son’s birth. He lived with them, in the enjoyment of all that their position could afford, till the age of twenty. At that age Brioc heard of Saint German’s second mission, and his wonderful work and miracles, and hastened to visit him at Verulam. The Saint was greatly pleased with the good qualities of the youth, and took him back with him to France, where he provided for his education, and in due time ordained him priest. He was already marked with miraculous gifts; and when Saint German heard of a vision or dream he had had, calling him back to his own country, he at once recognised a divine call, and bade him return to Britain. The first exercise of his ministry was in his father’s house, and for the benefit of his parents, whom he rescued from certain heathenish superstitions, to which they still clung; but a miracle attending it led to the conversion of a multitude of people, for whose instruction and baptism he provided. He also built churches for their use, and erected a monastery, in which he dwelt himself, and gathered together a number of fervent disciples. After a lengthened abode in this place, God called Saint Brioc to labour for His service in Brittany. There he was welcomed by the princes and the people, and after performing various good works, established a monastery in the place which now bears his name, and built a church dedicated to Saint Stephen. Here he closed his saintly life, greatly venerated by all, for his miraculous graces and his eminent sanctity. When the Normans began to plunder the coast of Brittany, the relics of Saint Brioc were translated to the Abbey of Saint Sergius, at Angers. In the year mo, Pierre, Bishop of Saint Brieuc, succeeded in recovering a portion of them for his cathedral; and in 1166, Henry II, King of England and Count of Anjou, completed the translation, and removed all that remained at Angers to Saint Stephen’s, at Saint Brieuc.

Some writers have thought that it was not Saint German of Auxerre, but Saint German of Paris, whose disciple our Saint was, which would place his date nearly 100 years later than that usually assigned. The earliest account of the Saint does not state that he was himself Bishop of Saint Brieuc, but on a slab of marble discovered with his relics in 1210 he is called Bishop of Brittany. If he was actually Bishop of the city now called Saint Brieuc, it would seem that many years elapsed before a successor was appointed.

MLA Citation

  • Father Richard Stanton. “Saint Brioc, Bishop, Confessor, c.500”. Menology of England and Wales, 1887. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 April 2015. Web. 20 February 2019. <>