Saint Aaron is another lesser known saint. It isn’t that he is any less of a saint than Joseph, Rita, or Jude. It’s because there is much less known about Saint Aaron than some of the other saints. There is probably about the same amount of information available on Aaron as there is on Saint Adele. In sixth century AD records are a bit more difficult to come by.
Saint Aaron / Aihrann
Saint Aaron’s exact birthday is unknown, but is thought to be around early sixth century. Historians think that he was from Brittany which is where the other name assigned to him comes from. He was a Welshman at a time when Welsh was vastly different than the rest of what we know as Great Britain today.
He was a man who preferred to reside with God and therefor lived in seclusion in Lamballe and Pleumeur-Gautier earlier in his life. Later he became a monk at Cézembre which is a small island outside of Aleth. This place was ideal for Saint Aaron because the island could only be reached during low tide. During his time here he attracted many visitors. One such visitor was Saint Malo who is known for establishing the Saint-Malo commune in Brittany, France. Saint Aaron became the abbot of the Cézembre abbey in 544.
During Saint Aaron’s time as abbot he was a compassionate individual. He converted many people by teaching them the ways of Jesus. He baptized hundreds of people as well.
He remained the abbot until his death sometime after 552. He is thought to have died in Saint-Aaron, a small village in France which carries his name.
He is part of a small group of “pre-congregation” saints. This means he was given the status of “saint” by popular vote which consisted of bishops casting the vote. The road to sainthood has changed much since then. Now there are a set of requirements for the Catholic Church to classify someone as a saint.
He was canonized in 571. His feast day is June 21st. His feast day is celebrated by both Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.