Saint Marcian of Auxerre

Also known as

  • Marianus
  • Marsus
  • Marien



Monk at the monastery of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Auxerre, France. Had charge of the abbey‘s cattle. Miracle worker who was known to have the complete trust of the wild animals that lived nearby. There is an annual pilgrimage and blessing of animals at the church dedicated to him in Mezilles, France.




Additional Information


With the remembrance of Saint Mamertinus, one associates that of Saint Marsus, his disciple. Marsus had quitted the country of the Bituriges on account of the persecution inflicted on Catholics by the Arian Goths, who were then in possession of it. Received into the Monastery of Auxerre by Mamertinus, he fulfilled the humble duties of shepherd and cowherd in the stables and farms of the monks, and sanctified himself in the performance of them. His story is full of miracles. He used to call the little birds to him and feed them, and, by his word of command, he sent away the bears and other animals which are hostile to man and his flocks. – from “The Little Bollandists” by Monsignor Paul Guérin, 1882

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Marcian of Auxerre“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 March 2019. Web. 28 October 2021. <>