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St. Vigor

From http://mistral.culture.fr/culture/inventai/itiinv/sable/fr/ptmm/pmm9.htm

HE was born in Artois France and studied at Arras under St. Vedastus. When ordained priest he began his service to God as a preaching hermit at Ravière near Bayeux and served as a missionary among the people until 513 when he was consecrated bishop of Bayeux. He was well know for his strong opposition to paganism, converting many  to Christianity. It is said that he built a church on the site of a large idol that he destroyed.   Later he founded  a monastery that became known as St. Vigeur-le-Grand (the town where the monastery still stands now has this name.) The Normans would later inhabit the area and accept St. Vigor as their favorite saint.

St. Vigor died 537 AD.  His feast day is November 1, however because this date is also All Saints Day his feast day is often celebrated on another day in deference to the Solemnity of All Saints.

William the Conqueror would later introduce  St. Vigor to Great Britain during the Norman Conquest by building Churches dedicated to the Saint. 

Abbey of Cerisy in Normandy France founded in 1032 by the duke Robert the Splendid and dedicated to  Saint Vigor.

 From http://www.chateauxcountry.com/chateaux/cerisylaforet/index_fr.html

Under the influence of the Normans, two churches in England are dedicated to St. Vigor.

One of these churches is Stratton-on-the-Fosse in Somerset. The other is  St. Vigor  in FULBOURN England, built shortly after the Norman Conquest of England (1066) and before 1086.  Around the same time a second church, All Saints,  was built immediately adjacent to St. Vigor.  The two churches served   separate manors of the village but when All Saints Church burned down in 1766 St. Vigor served the whole village; today the Church still serves the village  http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/CAM/Fulbourn/StVigor/index.html.

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