Saint Paul Aurelian

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Paul Aurelian, date and artist unknown; church of Saint-Hervé, Lanhouarneau, France; photographed on 15 October 2011 by GO69; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Paul of Léon
  • Paol Aorelian
  • Paulinus Aurelianus
  • Paul Aurelian of Léon
  • Pol Aurelian
  • Pol de Léon



Born a Romano-Briton prince, the son of Perphius, a Welsh chieftain. Educated at Llantwit Major with Saint David of Wales, Saint Samson of York, Saint Gildas the Wise and Saint Illtyd. Hermit. To escape being made a bishop, he and 12 companions established a monastery at Porz-Pol, Ouessant Island, Brittany (part of modern France). He later relented and became bishop of Ouismon. Spiritual director of his nephew, Saint Joavan of Brittany.

Legend says that Saint Pol subdued a dragon on the Île de Batz by wrapping his clerical stole around the animal’s neck, then used his bishop‘s crozier to drag it to the north edge of the island and ordered it to disappeared into the sea.






Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Paul Aurelian“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 November 2020. Web. 19 January 2022. <>