Ermin, St.

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Abbot; b. Herly, Laon, France, late seventh century; d. Lobbes, near Cambrai, Belgium, April 25, 737. He was born of a noble French family and became chaplain and confessor to Madelgar, Bishop of Laon. While in the bishop's service he became a friend of ursmar, abbot of lobbes, and entered the benedictine order at his monastery. When Ursmar resigned in 711 or 712, Ermin succeeded him as abbot bishop of Lobbes. He was buried at Lobbes, and in 1409 his relics were reinterred next to those of St. Ursmar. Together they are the patrons of Lobbes.

Feast: April 18 and 25 (Dioceses of Soissons, Cambrai, Tournai, and Ghent).

Bibliography: Vita, Monumenta Germaniae Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum (Berlin 1825) 6:461470. j. warichez, L'Abbaye de Lobbes (Tournai 1909). Analecta Bollandiana (Brussels 1882) 50 (1932) 132. w. bÖhne, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner (Freiburg 19571965) 3:1032. a. m.. zimmermann, Kalendarium Benedictinum: Die Heiligen und Seligen des Benediktinerorderns und seiner Zweige (Metten 19331938) 2:6872.

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