Saint Paternus of Avranches in Normandy (482-565) in Poitiers, Poitou. He was born into a Christian family. His father Patranus went to Ireland to spend his days as a hermit in holy solitude. Because of this, Paternus embraced religious life. He followed his father’s path by becoming a hermit in Wales. He became a monk at the Abbey of Marnes in France.
He founded the monastery in Wales at the great church of Paternus, and became a bishop of that region. He was known for his preaching, charity and mortifications. Before long, he wished to attain the perfection of Christian virtue by a life of penance in solitude. He went into solitude with his fellow monk, Saint Scubilion. The forest of Seicy in the diocese of Coutances was the place he became a hermit.
Together with St Scubilion he evangelized the western coasts and established several monasteries of which he was made the abbot general.
Today\'s continuation of our Easter celebration is a joyous proclamation of the great love God shows in calling us to be united with Christ. It is a day to look at our faults and failings and put them in perspective.