Saint Vigor

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Saint Vigor
Fresque 3 St Vigor Neau.JPG
Fresco at the Church of St Vigor de Neau
Born Artois
Died 537 AD
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast November 1

Saint Vigor (French: Saint Vigor, Vigeur) (died 537 AD) was a French bishop and Christian missionary. Born in Artois, he studied at Arras under Saint Vedast. Against the opposition of his father, he became a priest, running away from home to become one. He became a preaching hermit at Ravière and worked as a missionary. In 513, he was named bishop of Bayeux.

He opposed paganism, founding a monastery later known as Saint-Vigor-le-Grand. In Bayeux itself, he destroyed a pagan temple, then still frequented, and built a church over it.


Vigor was venerated in Normandy and churches were dedicated to him there. After the Norman conquest of England, his cult was established there, and two English churches are dedicated to him, at Fulbourn in Cambridgeshire and Stratton-on-the-Fosse in Somerset.[1] Since his feast falls on All Saints Day, his feast is often moved to another date.[2] Saint Vigor is mentioned in the life (vita) of Saint Paternus.[2]


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