Above: A Map of Gaul in 628 Common Era
SAINT PHILIBERT OF JUMIEGES (CIRCA 608-CIRCA 685)
Roman Catholic Abbot
His feast transferred from August 20
SAINT AICHARDUS OF JUMIEGES (DIED 687)
Roman Catholic Abbot
His feast transferred from September 15
St. Philibert was the son of Philiband, Bishop of Aire. The saint, educated in the court of Dagobert I (reigned 623-639), King of Austrasia from 623 and of all Franks from 629, entered the monastery at Rabais at age twenty. In time he became abbot, but left that post because of a dispute with some monks. Next the saint founded the monastery at Jumieges in 654; Clovis II (reigned 639-657), King of Neustria and Burgundy, donated the land. The saint also founded St. Benedict’s Abbey, Quincay, then the monastery at Jumieges. And, at one point, he, under the authority of Ansoald, Bishop of Poiters, led the monastery at Lucon.
Not all was well between St. Philibert and the royal court, however. He condemned Ebroin (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/feast-of-sts-drausinus-ansericus-vindician-and-leodegarius-march-7/ and https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/feast-of-sts-remaclus-of-maastricht-theodard-of-maastricht-lambert-of-mastricht-hubert-of-maastricht-and-liege-floribert-of-liege-landrada-of-munsterbilsen-plechelm-of-guelderland-otger-of-utrecht-and/), the perfidious Mayor of the Palace and a man with whom there was a paucity of virtue. This political situation led to an exile of the saint on Herio Island, off the Atlantic coast. During his exile the saint founded the monastery at Noirmoutier. At least something positive came out of the situation.
The life of St. Philibert intersected with that of St. Aichardus. This saint, educated at the Poitiers monastery, rejected his presumed career path–the military, where his father had made a life–and became a monk instead. For thirty-nine years St. Aichardus lived at St. Jouin Abbey, Ansion. Then he led St. Benedict’s Abbey, Quincay, which St. Philibert had founded. Next St. Aichardus succeeded St. Philibert as abbot of the monastery at Jumieges. This was the last post St. Aichardus held. He did it well, leading by example and inspiring his 900 monks to live their rule strictly.
Men such as these proved crucial to preserving Western civilization. All of us should thank God that they lived and fulfilled their vocations; I do.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JULY 20, 2012 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINTS FLAVIAN II OF ANTIOCH AND ELIAS OF JERUSALEM, ROMAN CATHOLIC PATRIARCHS
THE FEAST OF SAINT ANSEGIUS OF FONTANELLE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT
THE FEAST OF ELIZABETH CADY STANTON, AMELIA BLOOMER, SOJOURNER TRUTH, AND HARRIET ROSS TUBMAN, WITNESSES TO CIVIL RIGHTS FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AND WOMEN
O God, by whose grace your servants Saints Philibert and Aichardus of Jumieges,
kindled with the flame of your love, became bright and shining lights in your Church:
Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline,
and walk before you as children of light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Psalm 133 or 34:1-8 or 119:161-168
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
—Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 723