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Humbert of Maroilles
Humbert of Maroilles
|Venerated in||Eastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
|Attributes||A star on his forehead; a bear carrying Humbert's baggage; with an angel making a cross on Humbert's brow; with an angel showing Humbert the Cross|
Humbert was born at Mézières-sur-Oise in the early 7th century. His parents, Evrard and Popita, were of the nobility. He trained as a Benedictine monk in Laon, and his family anticipated that he was destined for a successful career as a bishop. Upon the death of his parents, he returned to his estates in Mézières sur Oise to settle some inheritance issues. The fine food, comfortable accommodations, servants, hunting, and other distractions turned his mind away from monastic life. He spent many years there, until one day Bishop Amandus took him on a pilgrimage to Rome.
In 652, he co-founded and became the first abbot of a monastery of Maroilles Abbey. On his second trip to Rome, he returned with relics and a statuette of the Virgin Mary, whom he named patroness of the abbey church under the title Maroilles Notre Dame des Affliges.
He died at Maroilles around the year 682. Saint Curcodomus succeeded him as abbot. Buildings of this monastery are still present there, although the abbey was ruined in the course of the French Revolution.
- Patron Saints Index: Saint Humbert of Pelagius
- "Saint Humbert", Nominis
- St. Humbert - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Humbert of Marolles”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 September 2013 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- One reference uses the alternate form of Marolles.
- Tandonnet, François. "Paths of Men, Way of God", Diocèse de Cambrai
- St. Curcodomus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online
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