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Laudomar, St.

LAUDOMAR, ST.

Hermit and abbot; d. Chartres, c. 590. Of the extant vitae, the shortest, first edited by Mabillon, was written probably by a disciple soon after the saint's death. Laudomar (Lomer or Launomar) received his early training from the priest Chirmirius. He was ordained and performed pastoral duties at Chartres for some years. He then withdrew to the solitude of La Perche, where he lived as a hermit. His reputation for sanctity and for the miracles ascribed to him attracted so many disciples and reverent admirers that he left La Perche and founded the monastery of Curbio (c. 570), becoming its first abbot. His relics were eventually taken to Blois, where the monastery named in his honor, Saint-Lomer, was built in 924.

Feast: Jan. 19.

Bibliography: Bibliographica hagiographica latina antiquae et mediae aetatis 2:473340. j. s. mabillon, Acta sanctorum ordinis S. Benedicti (Venice 173340) 1:317327. Gallica Christiana 8:135053. a. m. zimmermann, Kalendarium Benedictinum (Metten 193338) 1:104. s. a. bennett, Dictionary of Christian Biography 3:628.

[m. r. p. mcguire]

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