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Deicolus of Lure, St.


One of the famous Irish peregrini minores; d. c. 625. Deicolus (Deel, Deicola, Delle, Deille, Desle, or the Irish, Dichul) accompanied columban to luxeuil in France. When Columban was expelled in 610, Deicolus went with him but became too ill to continue. He built a hermitage in the vale of Orignon in the Vosges mountains in Burgundy, and in time he was joined by others. This became the great Abbey of Lure (later united to murbach), and a monk of this abbey wrote his life some 300 years after Deicolus died at an advanced age.

Feast: Jan. 18.

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