Celtic and Old English Saints          30 August

* St. Fiacre of Breuil
* St. Rumon
* St. Loarn of Downpatrick
* St. Ayle of Bavaria
* St. Modan of Killmodan
* St. Guthlac of Crowland

St. Fiacre of Breuil, & Kilfiachra (Ireland)
(Fiachra, Fiaker, Fiacrius, Fialer, Fevre)
See yesterday's posting

St. Rumon (Ruan)
6th century. This patron of the abbey of Tavistock and Romansleigh in
Devonshire, and of Ruan Lanihorne, Ruan Major and Minor in Cornwall is
reputed to have been a brother of Saint Tudwal (f.d. November 30).
William of Malmesbury tells us that his "vita" was destroyed by the
wars, but that Rumon was a bishop of an unidentified see. About this
time a well-meaning canon provided a "vita" from Rumon by taking an
abbreviated life of the Breton Saint Ronan (f.d. June 1) and changing
the name to Rumon throughout. It does, however, describe the
translation of Rumon's relics on January 5, 981, from Ruan Lanihorne, a
Celtic monastery and the most ancient centre of his cultus, to
Tavistock. Saint Rumon was highly venerated at Tavistock, the earl
Ordulf built a church under his invocation in the 10th century and
requested his relics, which remained there throughout the Middle Ages.
Glastonbury also claimed Rumon's relics. He may have been a monk at
Glastonbury, who founded a monastery on the Lizard Peninsula in
Cornwall. He is also venerated in Norwich and Ramsey (Encyclopaedia,
Farmer, Husenbeth).

St. Loarn of Downpatrick
Born in western Ireland, 5th century. Saint Loarn was a disciple of
Saint Patrick, whom some describe as a regionary bishop of Downpatrick

St. Ayle of Ireland, Missionary to Bavaria
(Agilus Aile, Ail, Aisle, Ayeul, Ely) of Rebais, Abbot
Born c. 580; died 650. Saint Agilus, son of Childebert II's courtier
Agnoald, followed the models of virtue found in his
family. Upon the advice of Saint Columbanus (f.d. November 23), his
parents consecrated him to God in the monastery of Luxeuil. After his
father's death, Saint Columbanus had no defender in the Austrasian court
leaving the way open for Brunehault to persecute the saint for refusing
admittance of women into his monastery. Saint Agilus intervened by
seeking an audience with King Thierry and convinced him to leave the
monks in peace. Eventually, however, Columbanus was forced out and made
his way to Bobbio, Italy. Saint Agilus remained at Luxeuil even after
Saint Eustatius (f.d. March 29) succeeded its founder. After studying
Scripture and the ways to Christian perfection, he and Saint Eustatius
responded to the call of the bishops for evangelists to preach the
Gospel in Bavaria. After a successful mission, Saint Agil returned to
France and resumed his penitential exercises, until he was called to
undertake the governance of the monastery of Rebais in the diocese of
Meaux near Paris, which had been founded by Saint Ouen (f.d. August 24),
where he was abbot until his death (Benedictines, Husenbeth).

St. Modan, Hermit of Killmodan, Ulster, Ireland

St. Guthlac, Priest monk of Crowland, Lincolnshire
Translation of his Relics
His Life, 11th April, is archived at


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Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
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Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints.
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White, K. E. (1992). Guide to the Saints. NY: Ivy Books.

For All the Saints:

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