Audoin (bishop)

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Saint Audoin
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Statue of St Audoin (left) and St Waninge (right), in Fécamp, France.
Born 609
Died 686
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion
Feast 24 August
Patronage deaf people; invoked against deafness[1]

Audoin, Audoen or Ouen, and Dado to his contemporaries, (609 in Sancy close to Soissons - 686 in Clichy), was a Frankish bishop, courtier, chronicler, and Catholic saint.

Audoin lived at the court of Clotaire II and later at the court of Dagobert I, who made him his referendary. He was part of a group of young courtiers like Saint Wandrille and Saint Didier of Cahors and was a close friend of Saint Eligius, whose vita he wrote; Audoin was consecrated bishop of Rouen in 640. He founded Rebais Abbey, and sent missionaries to areas that were still pagan.

He became an advisor of Theuderic III and upheld the policy of Ebroin, the mayor of the palace, to such a degree that he was involved in the treatment of Saint Leger. Nevertheless, the author of the Liber Historiae Francorum, thoroughly hostile to the memory of Ebroin, invariably referred to Audoin as "blessed" or "sainted," and in describing his death said he "migravit ad Dominum," a phrase he otherwise reserved in the original part of his history for the death of the "glorious lord of good memory, Childebert"(III), "the just king."[2]

His father was Saint Authaire. Dado's brothers were Ado and Rado.

A poem on Audoin's life was written in the 10th-century by Frithegod, but it is now lost.[3]


  • Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints, edited, revised and supplemented by Thurston and Attwater - Christian classics, Westminster, Maryland.


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  2. ^ Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptorum Rerum Merovingicarum t. II, pp. 320-322, 324.
  3. ^ Lapidge, Michael (2004). "Frithegod (fl. c.950–c.958)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (fee required). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 

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