Saint Melaine of Rennes

Saint Melaine of RennesAlso known as

  • Apostle of France
  • Melan
  • Melanie
  • Melanio
  • Melanius
  • Melen
  • Mellion
  • Mullion



Monk. Bishop of Rennes, France during the 5th and 6th centuries when the Franks were conquering all of Gaul. Nearly eliminated idolatry in his diocese. Close friend and advisor to King Clovis. Required his priests to stop “wandering from cabin to cabin, celebrating Mass on portable altars, accompanied by women who administered the chalice to the faithful.” Had a brief conflict with British evangelists who tried to introduce Celtic liturgical forms, confusing the new converts. Played a leading role at the Council of Orleans in 511.



  • c.535 of natural causes
  • the abbey of Saint Melaine, Rennes, France was built around his tomb




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Melaine of Rennes“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 April 2015. Web. 6 October 2015. <>