New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Petroc

19th century stained glass window of Saint Petroc, Bodmin, Cornwall, England, artist unknownArticle

Confessor; abbot; “captain of the Cornish saints.” Born c.504; died 594. He was the son of a Welsh chieftain and studied in Ireland, then returned to Cornwall, where he reintroduced Christianity to a population which had lapsed into paganism. He founded a monastery at a place called Petrocstow (Padstow) , and another at Bodmin, where he died. Today his name is revered in Cornwall and Devonshire. Patron of Bodmin, Little Petherick, Saint Petrock’s, Exeter, and Newton Saint Petrock in Devonshire. He is also honored as Saint Perreux in Brittany. His relics were preserved at Bodmin. Feast, 4 June.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Petroc”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 August 2017. Web. 2 March 2021. <>