(d. c. 645)

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(d. c.645),

abbot. He was born at Celles, near Amiens; when a young man and still a pagan, he protected some Irish missionaries who were in danger from the local population. They then instructed him in the Christian faith; he became a priest and went to England for several years. On his return to France he founded a monastery at Celles, became famous as a preacher, and admonished King Dagobert and other magnates. Eventually he resigned his abbacy and became a hermit at Forest-Moutier. There he died on 26 April.

This day is his usual feast, but there is also a translation feast on 9 October, when his relics were moved to the town now called Saint-Riquier (Somme), where a monastery was founded later. Riquier appears frequently in ancient calendars and litanies. One English church was dedicated to him at Aberford (W. Yorks.).

Two ancient Lives, one by Alcuin, are printed in AA.SS. Apr. III (1675), 441–62; verse Life by Hariulf in M.G.H., Scriptores rerum merov., vii. 438–53.

Subjects: Christianity.

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