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Saint Paternus (c. 482-565) was born around the year 482, although the exact year is unknown, in Poitiers. 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 became a monk at the Abbey of Marnes in France. 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 diocese of Coutances was the place he became a hermit. At a later date, the abbot of the region who knew Paternus recommended him to the bishop of Coutances and the bishop made him a priest in 512. Together with saint Scubilion he evangelized the western coasts and established several monasteries of which he was made the abbot general. Events Qi Gao Di, ruler of the Chinese Qi Dynasty Byzantine emperor Zeno I issues the Henotikon, an attempt to reconcile the differences between the supporters of Orthodoxy and Monophysitism. ... Events January 22 - Eutychius is deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople by John Scholasticus. ... Location within France Poitiers (population 85,000) is a small city located in west central France. ... Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life, teachings, and actions of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament. ... A hermit (from the Greek erÄ“mos, signifying desert, uninhabited, hence desert-dweller) is a person who lives to some greater or lesser degree in seclusion and/or isolation from society. ... An abbey (from the Latin abbatia, which is derived from the Syriac abba, father), is a Christian monastery or convent, under the government of an Abbot or an Abbess, who serve as the spiritual father or mother of the community. ... Penance is the actual name of the Catholic Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (also called Confession). ... Coutances is a commune of Normandy, France, in the Manche département, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ... Abbots coat of arms The word abbot, meaning father, has been used as a Christian clerical title in various, mainly monastic, meanings. ... A bishop is an ordained member of the Christian clergy who, in certain Christian churches, holds a position of authority. ... Coutances is a commune of Normandy, France, in the Manche département, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ... Roman Catholic priest LCDR Allen R. Kuss (USN) aboard USS Enterprise A priest or priestess is a holy man or woman who takes an officiating role in worship of any religion, with the distinguishing characteristic of offering sacrifices. ... Events Roman (Byzantine) Emperor Anastasius I ends a period of moderate ecclestical policy, and starts strongly favoring his own monophysitist beliefs. ... The Tikse monastery in Ladakh, India A monastery is the habitation of monks, derived from the Greek word for a hermits cell. ...

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