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Saturday, October 4, 2014

St. Gerard of Brogne

Ordinary Time: October 3rd

Historically, today is the feast of St. Gerard of Brogne, who was born in the county of Namur. He trained for the army, as a page of the count of Namur, he was sent on a special mission to the French court. He stayed in France and joined the Benedictines of St. Denis. After some eleven years, he was ordained priest and left for Belgium in order to found a new abbey on his own estate of Brogne. He was its abbot for twenty-two years and during that period was instrumental in introducing St. Benedict's Rule into numerous houses in Flanders, Lorraine, and Champagne. He was noted for his engaging sweetness of temper.

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