St. Leodegar

Oct 02

Patron Saint of Millers; Invoked Against Blindness, Eye Disease, Eye Problems, and Sore Eyes

Leodegar, the son of a high-ranking Burgundian nobleman, spent his childhood in Paris at the palace of his maternal uncle, who was the Bishop of Poitiers. When he was twenty, his uncle made him an archdeacon.

Shortly afterwards Leodegar became a priest, and in 650, with the bishop's permission, became a monk at the monastery of St. Maxentius in Poitou. He was soon elected abbot, and initiated reforms including the introduction of the Benedictine rule at that place.

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