St. Maximinus

First Archbishop of Aix, Confessor

HE planted the faith in that country, probably before the close of the first century, about the same time it was first preached at Marseilles. He is said by some moderns to have been one of the disciples of our Lord. St. Sedonius was his successor, and second bishop of Arles, supposed by the people of the country to have been the man born blind whom our Redeemer healed. Their relics are shown with those of many other saints at St. Maximin’s, a town six leagues from Aix, built at the place where this saint was buried. The monastery, which was formerly of the Order of St. Bennet and dependent on St. Victor’s at Marseilles, was given by St. Lewis’s brother, Charles, count of Provence, to the Dominicans, who enjoy it with extraordinary privileges, and an exemption of the whole town from the spiritual jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Aix.

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