St. Fleuret is the patron saint of the village of Estaing, in the French province known as Rouergue in the old regime and as Aveyron today. Local tradition summarized in literature at the church has it that he converted the village to Christianity during what was to have been a stopover there, possibly in 621.
The only known medieval narrative about the saint is in the Estaing breviary, Breviary: A book used by priests and monks with prayers and readings for each day. For the feast days of selected saints, the readings include a brief account of the saint's life or final days which says he was bishop of Auvergne, the province north of Rouergue. The local abbot was returning with the bishop from a synod in Rome and invited him to stay in the village for while. During this sojourn a blind man was cured by washing his eyes in water that Fleuret had used, and a lame man was enabled to walk when the saint gave him a piece of bread. The people were amazed and encouraged the bishop to extend his stay. He did, but after two weeks he took sick and died.1
The breviary says nothing of conversion of the populace at Estaing. The current parish tradition may have been influenced by the legend of St. Florus, whom St. Peter supposedly sent to evangelize in Auvergne. Only a few other documents in Rouergue and Auvergne refer to this saint, and none but the breviary gives any narrative details.2
Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University. Revised 2015-05-15.