Humbert of Maroilles

Humbert of Maroilles
Abbot
Born in 652s
Mézières-sur-Oise
Died ~682
Venerated in Eastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
Feast 25 March
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[1]
Humbert of Maroilles


Humbert of Maroilles (died ca. 680) was a Frankish monk, abbot, and saint. He founded Maroilles Abbey.

Life

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.[2]

Humbert became a disciple and companion of the missionary bishop.[3][4] Humbert was also a friend of the abbess Aldegundis.[1]

Pope Martin I ordained him a missionary bishop; he worked mainly in the Low Countries.

In 652, he co-founded and became the first abbot of a monastery of Maroilles Abbey.[5] 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.[6]

He died at Maroilles around the year 682. Saint Curcodomus succeeded him as abbot.[7] Buildings of this monastery are still present there, although the abbey was ruined in the course of the French Revolution.[3]

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