Book of Saints – Aemilian – 11 October


AEMILIAN (St.) Conf. (Oct 11) (Date uncertain.) The Roman Martyrology assigns this Saint AEmilian to Rennes in Brittany; but no trace of a Saint of this name can be found in the Breton records. The Bollandists conclude that AEmilian in this case is a corruption of the name Melanius. A Saint Melanius, according to Albert Legrand and other local authorities, was Bishop of Rennes for sixty-two years and died on the Feast of the Epiphany, A.D. 567. In the year 878 the body of this Saint was rescued from the outrages of the Norman invasion, and, with the body of Saint Clair, carried to Bourges. This Translation (ninth century) may have been commemorated on Oct. 11 with AEmilianus in error substituted for Melanius in the official documents.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Aemilian”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2012. Web. 23 September 2020. <>