Theofrid

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Another St. Theofrid (or Théofroy) was a 7th-century monk at Luxeuil who became abbot of Corbie and a bishop.
See also Thiofrid of Echternach.
Saint Theofrid of Orange
Martyr
Born Orange, Vaucluse, France
Died 728 or 732 AD
near Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille, France
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast November 18;[1] October 19[2]

Saint Theofrid (Chaffre, Theofredus, Theofred, Théofroy) of Orange (or of Carmery) (d. 728 or 732 AD) was an abbot of Calmeliac or Carmery-en-Velay (later called Saint-Chaffre, and today Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille[1]), which is situated near Le Puy-en-Velay and was founded by Saint Calminius.

A native of Orange, he is venerated as a martyr, as Christian tradition holds that he was killed by Muslim raiders who had crossed into southern France.[2]

Tradition states that the circumstances of his death are as follows: when the raiders neared Calmeliac, Theofrid ordered the other monks to hide in the forest.[2] He remained near the monastery and was found in prayer, and was dragged away and mortally wounded in the head with a stone.[3]

Abbey Church of Saint-Chaffre, Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille.

The legend further states that after Theofrid fell to the group, the earth shook and a dark storm cloud unleashed lightning, hail, and winds that dispersed the raiders.[2] Theofrid died seven days later.[2]

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His cult spread in Southern France during the 11th century.[1] In Piedmont, his cult was confused with that of the legendary member of the Theban Legion, Chiaffredo (Theofredus, Teofredo).[1][4]

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