John of Réôme, St.
JOHN OF RÉÔME, ST.
Monastic founder, abbot; b. Courtangy, France, c. 450; d. Jan. 28, c. 539–44. He took the monastic habit at Lérins. Recalled by his own bishop, he founded at Réôme (now Ménétreux, commune of Corsaint) a monastery later called Saint-Jean-de-Réôme or Moûtier-Saint-Jeanen-Auxois. He introduced into his monastery the rule of macarius of egypt, under which he had lived at lÉrins. He was one of the pioneers of the monastic life in Burgundy, enjoying a great reputation for sanctity and for working miracles. His remains were preserved from the Saracens (731) and the Vikings (888); and again in 1793 the principal relics escaped the Revolutionaries. His biography was written by Jonas of Susa.
Feast: Jan. 28.
Bibliography: Vita, Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 3:502–517. Bibliotheca hagiographica latina antiquae et mediae aetatis 1:4424–31. a. butler, The Lives of the Saints 1:187. t. payr, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche 2 5:1074. p. viard, Catholicisme 6:433–434.
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