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Feastday: July 8
Patron of hop-pickers, beer brewing
Birth: 1040
Death: 1087

Benedictine bishop and founder of the abbey of Onendbourg in France. Born in Flanders, Belgium, in 1040, Arnulf had a military career in the service of Robert and Henry I, kings of France. Retiring from the army, Arnulf entered the Benedictines at Saint-Michel Monastery in Soissons, France. He was a hermit there until elected abbot. He was then appointed the bishop of Soissons, When faced with a usurper, Arnulf founded the abbey of Onendbourg.


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