Saint Calminius

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Calminius over-seeing the foundation of an abbey; by Félix Gaudin; abbey-church in Mozac, Auvergne, France; photographed on 30 June 2007 by Marie-Lan Nguyen; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Calmilius
  • Calmin
  • Calminio
  • Calmery
  • Carmery



A duke in the region of Aquitaine (in modern France), and count of Auvergne, Calminius was married to Saint Namadia of Marsat, and spent his early adulthood as a soldier. He felt a call to religious life, however, and founded the Saint-Chaffre du Monastier oratory in Villars, France which soon attracted monks seeking spiritual guidance. Calminius withdrew from the group and lived as a hermit in the area of Limoges, France. Returning to public life, he founded Laguenne Abbey near Tulle, Corrèze, France. He studied at the abbey on Lerino Island and learned the Benedictine Rule. With 20 monks, he founded Mauzac Abbey in Puy-de-Dome, France.


  • c.690 of natural causes


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Calminius“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 January 2020. Web. 16 October 2021. <>