Quinctian of Clermont, St.
QUINCTIAN OF CLERMONT, ST.
Bishop; d. 525 or 526. Quinctian (Quintian) was probably a native of Africa who, during the Arian persecutions there, fled to Gaul. In 506 he appeared as the bishop of Rodez at the synod of Agde; he also participated in the synod of Orléans (511). The Arian Visigoths in Auvergne suspected him of collaboration with their enemy, clovis, and Quinctian was forced to flee from Rodez (c. 512). He sought refuge with Bishop Euphrasius at Clermont, where he became bishop in 515. His biographer, gregory of tours, extols his goodness and inexhaustible energy, his concern for the needy, and his fearlessness.
Feast: Nov. 13.
Bibliography: gregory of tours, Historia Francorum 2:36; 3:2, 12, 13; 4:5, 35; Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1.1:84, 98, 108–109, 138, 167. Vitae patrum 4; 6:3, Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1.2. Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Concilia 1:9. j. mansi, Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio (Graz 1960) 8:337. l. duchesne, Fastes épiscopaux de l'ancienne Gaule (Paris 1907–15) 2:35–36, 40. j. l. baudot and l. chaussin, Vies des saints et des bienheureux selon l'ordre du calendrier avec l'historique des fêtes (Paris 1935–36) 11:399–401.
[g. m. cook]