Paulinus of Trier

Paulinus (around 300 in Aquitaine, † 358 in Phrygia ) was for about 347 Bishop of Trier, who was banned because of theological disputes and is revered in the Catholic Church as a saint and martyr.


Paulinus came from a distinguished family of Aquitaine. He was ordained a priest of Maximin and went with him as a missionary to Trier. To 347 he succeeded Maximin than 6 Bishop of Trier. In the dispute between Arius and Athanasius to the Trinity doctrine he stood on the side of Athanasius, who had found in previous Paulinus in Trier asylum. 353 Constantius II convened the Council of Arles in. In Arles the Arians presented the assembled bishops present a draft of the Emperor, which included a condemnation of Athanasius. At the same time the emperor issued an edict that threatened every bishop who was not right for the sentence against Athanasius exile. Signed all the bishops present, with the exception of Paulinus, who was banished ( in modern Turkey) to Phrygia. Encouraged by his actions denied several bishops on the following council of Milan, 355, which was also called by Constantius II to condemn the doctrine of Athanasius, also the signature. Paulinus died in Phrygia 358 Bishop Felix von Trier is Paulinus ' bones have been transferred to the late 4th century to Trier and on August 31 (later Remembrance Day ) buried. In 1072 they were laid in a wooden coffin. You are now in the church of St. Paulin in Trier. Some relics are kept in the church of St. Paulinus in Lauterbach (Saar).

Paulinus is the namesake of the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Trier.

Name Meaning

" Paulinus " is Latin and means " little Paul ".


In the bishop's robe with miter and staff, sometimes in addition with Dove or scripture.


In St. Paulin in Trier ceiling frescoes depicting the life of St. Paulinus.