Trudo of Brabant (Trond), St.

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Benedictine abbot, patron of the Hesbaye region of Brabant, Belgium; d. c. 698. An ardent youth, Trudo was sent by Bp. Remaclus of Maastrict to the school of St. Stephan-Protomartyr in Metz, there being no schools in the Low Countries at that time. Trudo founded a convent near Bruges and a monastery near Louvain, which took his name after his death (see saint trond, abbey of) and promoted his cult as a monk "who professed the rule of St. Benedict and lived it regularly." By the 11th century, Trudo was almost forgotten. However, his relics were translated to St. Stephen-Protomartyr in 1227.

Feast: Nov. 23.

Bibliography: Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum (Berlin 1826) 6:264298. a. m. zimmermann, Kalendarium Benedictinum: Die Heiligen und Seligen des Benediktinerorderns und seiner Zwiege, 4. (Metten 193338) 3:346348. j. l. baudot and l. chaussin, Vies des saints et des bienheureux selon l'ordre du calendrier avec l'historique des fêtes, ed. by the Benedictines of Paris, 12 v. (Paris 193556); v. 13, suppl. and table générale (1959) 11:795796. m. coens, "Les Saints particulièrement honorés à l'Abbaye de Saint-Trond," Analecta Bollandiana 72 (Brussels 1954) 9094, 98100. a. butler, The Lives of the Saints, rev. ed. h. thurston and d. attwater, 4 v. (New York 1956) 4:413.

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