Book of Saints – Paternus – 16 April

Pictorial Lives of the Saints illustration of Saint Paternus of AvranchesArticle

(Padarn) (Saint) Bishop (April 16) (6th century) There is great difficulty in unravelling the history of this Saint, celebrated in Wales as the Founder of Llan-patero-vaur. He appears to have been a Breton by birth, and after studying in Ireland, to have settled as a hermit in Wales. Thence he passed over into Normandy, where in his old age he was made Bishop of Avranches. Famous for his care of the poor as much as for the austerity of his life, he passed away about A.D. 550.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Paternus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 August 2016. Web. 20 October 2021. <>