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November 13, 2018

Saint Quintianus, Bishop of Rodez (+ 525)

St. Quintianus of Rodez (Feast Day - November 13)

Saint Quintianus was a Bishop of Rodez and a Bishop of Clermont-Ferrand (Arvernes) in the sixth century, and participated in the Councils of Agde (508) and Orleans (511).

Tradition makes him a native of Africa and a priest of Carthage who fled to France due to the persecutions of the Vandals. At the death of Saint Amantius (Amans) in 487, Quintian succeeded him as Bishop of Rodez.

During the war between the Franks and the West Goths, he was a zealous supporter of Clovis I. To avoid the persecutions of the Arian Visigoths, he fled Rodez and proceeded to Auvergne, where he was hospitably received by Bishop Euphrasius.

King Theodoric I appointed Quintianus successor to Sidonius Apollinaris (grandson of the famous Sidonius Apollinaris), as Bishop of Clermont. On the death of the latter, Quintianus succeeded to the See of Clermont, which he occupied until his death on November 13, 525 or 526.

Saint Gregory of Tours wrote about him in his History of the Franks (Bk. 3) and Life of the Fathers (Ch. 5), of which the latter could be read below.