AURELIAN of Arles 523551. Son of Sacerdos, bishop of Lyons in 541; appointed bishop of Arles in 546 at only 23; at the request of Childebert I, Pope Vigilius appointed him vicar of the apostolic see in Gaul, with the pallium Jaff 912, 913, 918. He had good relations with the court, which aided him to the benefit of the church of Arles. He founded the monasteries of Sts. Peter and Paul for men and St. Mary for women. He wrote the rules for the two monasteries, broadly inspired by the rules for monks and nuns written by Caesarius of Arles. He took part in the Council of Orlans 549; he wrote Pope Vigilius regarding his position on the question of the Three Chapters. We have the pope’s response PL 69, 41; Jaff 925. Died at Lyons and was buried in the family tomb in the Church of St. Nicesius. His feast is 16 June. CPL 1055, 1844-1846; PL 68, 405 Ep. ad Theobertum; extract; 71, 1164 idem; PLS 4,1203-1206; MGH Ep. 3,124; CCL 117, 426- 428; A. Schmidt, Zur Komposition der Mnchsregel des heiligen Aurelian von Arles: Studi Monastici 18 1976 17-54; W.E. Klingshirn, Caesarius of Arles. The Making of a Christian Community in Late Antique Gaul, Cambridge 1994, 262-264; CALMA 1,550.
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