Statue of St Audoin (left) and St Waninge (right), in Fécamp, France.
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church|
|Patronage||deaf people; invoked against deafness|
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."
His father was Saint Authaire. Dado's brothers were Ado and Rado.
- Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints, edited, revised and supplemented by Thurston and Attwater - Christian classics, Westminster, Maryland.
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