Born at Chalon-sur-saone in 470, he entered the monastery of Lerins at the age of twenty.  In 503 he was chosen Bishop of Arles.  He led an austere life which he retained as a devout Bishop.  He established the claim of Arles to be the primatial See in Gaul.  He formed the clergy and organized his diocese and zealously defended the church against heresy.  He fought strenuously against Arianism.  He stressed brevity and clarity in his sermons and he, himself was a celebrated preacher.  He founded a nunnery where his sister was and wrote a Rule for it.  In this Rule, it provided that every nun learn to read and write, and it also established that the nuns should be allowed to choose their Abbess.  He died in 543.

FEAST DAY:  August 26

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