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Micy Abbey or the Abbey of Saint-Mesmin, Micy (French: Abbaye Saint-Mesmin de Micy), sometimes referred to as Micy, was a Benedictine abbey near Orléans at the confluence of the Loire and the Loiret, located on the territory of the present commune of Saint-Pryvé-Saint-Mesmin.
From Micy Abbey, monastic life spread within and around the diocese of Orleans. Saint Liphardus and Saint Urbicius founded the Abbey of Meung-sur-Loire; Saint Lyé (Laetus) died a recluse in the forest of Orléans; Saint Viatre (Viator) in Sologne; Saint Doulchard in the forest of Ambly near Bourges. Saint Leonard introduced the monastic life into the territory of Limoges; Saint Almir, Saint Ulphacius and Saint Bomer in the vicinity of Montmirail; Saint Avitus (died about 527) in the district of Chartres; Saint Calais (died before 536) and Saint Leonard of Vendœuvre (died about 570) in the valley of the Sarthe; Saint Fraimbault and Saint Constantine in the Javron forest, and the aforesaid Saint Bomer (died about 560) in the Passais near Laval; Saint Leonard of Dunois, Saint Alva and Saint Ernier in Perche. Saint Laumer (died about 590) became Abbot of Corbion. Saint Lubin (Leobinus), a monk of Micy, became Bishop of Chartres from 544-56. Finally Saint Ay (Agilus), Viscount of Orléans (died after 587), was also a protector of Micy.
In 1608, following a period of conflict, François de La Rochefoucauld, bishop of Clermont, persuaded Pope Paul V to order the Benedictines to be turned out of the abbey and to be replaced by a community of Feuillants.
The abbey was suppressed during the French Revolution and the buildings demolished.
In 1939 a community of Carmelites took up residence on the former abbey site, and remain there, as the Carmel de Micy-Orléans.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.
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