Maurice of Carnoët, St.
MAURICE OF CARNOËT, ST.
Cistercian abbot; b. Croixanvec, Brittany, c. 1114; d. Carnoët, Oct. 9, 1191. He entered the abbey of Langonnet (1143) and became its abbot in 1147. Respected for wisdom, he was often consulted by the duke of Brittany, who in 1171 charged him with founding the abbey of Carnoët of which he became abbot in 1176. The abbey was named St. Maurice after his death. He is renowned for his many miracles and is venerated as a saint in Brittany. His cause, introduced at Rome in 1221, was suspended because of technicalities and never resumed. His cultus was approved for the order in 1869 and for the certain dioceses in 1891 and 1893.
Feast: Oct. 5 (Dioceses of Quimper, Vannes, St. Brieuc); Oct. 13 (Cistercians).
Bibliography: Vita I et miracula (by a contemporary), ed. b. plaine, in Studien und Mitteilungen aus dem Benediktiner–und Zisterzienserorden 7.2 (1886) 380–393. Vita II (by William of Carnoët, c. 1320), ed. b. plaine, ibid. 7.3 (1886) 157–164. a. m. zimmermann, Kalendarium Benedictinum: Die Heiligen und Seligen des Benediktinerorderns und seiner Zweige (Metten 1933–38) 3:174. j. l. baudot and l. chaussin, Vies des saints et des bienheureux selon l'ordre du calendrier avec l'historique des fêtes (Paris 1935–56) 10: 124–126.