Corentin of Quimper

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Saint Corentin of Quimper
St Corentin Banner.jpg
St Corentin, pictured on the banner of the parish church of Locronan, Brittany.
Died ~460 AD
Venerated in Tikhonites, and other True Orthodox Christian jurisdictions, Orthodox Church,Roman Catholic Church and others
Major shrine Quimper
Feast December 12
Attributes fish; episcopal attire

Saint Corentin (Corentinus; in Breton, Sant Kaourintin) (d. 460 AD) is a Breton saint. He is venerated as a saint and as the first bishop of Quimper. His feast day is December 12. He was a hermit at Plomodiern and regarded as one of the seven founder saints of Brittany. Corentin is the patron saint of Cornouaille, Brittany, and also the patron saint of seafood.


Quimper Cathedral is dedicated to him. In iconography, Corentin's attribute is a fish. This refers to the legend that Corentin made daily use of a miraculous fish near his hermitage; Corentin would nourish himself by cutting a piece of this fish, which would then regrow its missing parts. He is also known in Cornwall where the church of Cury is dedicated to him.[1]

Legend of Ys[edit]

In the Breton legend of the city of Ys, Corentin sometimes replaces Saint Winwaloe (Guénolé) as the saint who spoke against sin in Ys and warned King Gradlon of the evil committed by his daughter Dahut (Ahes)

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  1. ^ Doble, G. H. (1962) The Saints of Cornwall: part 2. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 45-53

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