St Germanus of Paris – Feast Day – May 28

Today is Friday, January 27, 2023

St Germanus of Paris, also known as Germain or Father of the Poor, was an abbot and bishop of Paris, France. He was born in 496 AD, near Augustodunum, Gaul (Modern-day Autun, France), and died on May 28 576 in Paris, France. We celebrate his feast day on May 28 every year in the Catholic Church.

St Germanus of Paris Biography

St Germanus of Paris - Feast Day - May 28

Date of Birth 496 AD
Place of Birth Autun, France
Profession Abbot and bishop of Paris, France
Place of Work Paris, France
Date of Death May 28 576
Place of Death Paris, France
Feast Day May 28
Patron Saint of Archdiocese of Rimouski, Quebec, Canada

St Germanus of Paris Life History

St Germanus of Paris was ordained as a priest in 530 AD in Autun, France by Saint Agrippinus of Autun. He later became the abbot of the Monastery of Saint-Symphorien.

He became the Bishop of Paris, France in 555 AD after he was nominated by King Childebert I. St Germanus influenced the construction of a Church in the king’s court which after his death was renamed Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This Church became a royal burial place.

St Germanus taught and ordained Saint Bertrand of Le Mans and also became the spiritual teacher of Saint Droctoveus.

After he died on May 28 576 in Paris, France his body was interred in a tomb in the chapel of St Symphorien. In 754 AD, his relics were re-shrined in the church by order of King Pepin the Short.

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