Abbot; b. Brittany; d. c. 580–590. Wenailus (Guenael, Guenél, Guénaël) became a disciple of St. winwaloË, whom he succeeded as abbot of Landevennec. After 540 he spent some years in Ireland, founding or reforming a number of monasteries there, and then returned (c. 547) to Landevennec, where he died. His relics were brought to Paris (c. 950) during the Norman invasions and were later transferred to the Abbey of Corbeil.
Feast: Nov. 3.
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