Also called Pair, the bishop of Avranches. A native of Poitiers, France, he entered the monastery of Ansion at Poitou and then became a hermit, with St. Scubilio, at Scissy, near Granville, Normandy. The other hermits whom they attracted became eventually became so numerous that Paternus organized them into a community, St. Pair, over which he functioned as abbot. Later, at about the age of seventy, he was named bishop of Avranches, Normandy. He is often confused in legends with St. Paternus of Wales.
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