Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Aurelian, Archbishop of Arles, Confessor


Being promoted to that see in 546, he founded in that city a great monastery for monks, in which he was seconded by the munificence of king Childebert. He enriched the same with relics of the holy cross, Saint Stephen, Saints Peter and Paul, Saint John, Saint James, Saint Andrew, Saint Gennesius, Saint Symphorianus, Saint Victor, Saint Hilary, Saint Martin, Saint Cæsarius, etc. He compiled a rule for these monks, and another for the nunnery of Saint Mary which he also built in the same city. Both these rules are extant in the code of Saint Benedict of Anian, and in Le Cointe’s Annals. He mentions the commemoration of the faithful departed at the altar; and also of the living: in that of the saints he added in particular those martyrs and confessors whose relics that church was possessed of. The saint usually styles himself Aurelian the Sinner. He assisted at the council of Orleans in 549; and according to the inscription on his tomb in the chapel of Saint Nizier in Lyons, died in that city on the 16th of June, 552, or, as the inscription runs, the eleventh year after the consulate of Justin the Younger, in 540. He is commemorated on this day in the Roman Martyrology.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Aurelian, Archbishop of Arles, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 June 2013. Web. 23 September 2021. <>