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(6th century(?),

abbot, founder of Sackingen. There was a notable cult in Austria, southern Germany, and Switzerland; pilgrims came from the British Isles. His unreliable Life described him as an Irishman who had nephews in Northumbria who joined him in France, where he was a wandering monk and preacher. He joined a monastery at Poitiers, where he discovered the relics of Hilary and built a church to house them. Guided by a revelation, he moved on to an island in the Rhine, pausing only to build a few more churches on the way; at Sackingen he built a church and monastery for monks and a nunnery not far away. He encouraged sport in the monastery school and took part himself. Feast: 6 March.

B.L.S., iii. 59.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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