Benedictine abbot, sometimes called Madelgarius and Madelgaire, born at Strepy les Binches, Hainault, Belgium. About 635 he wed St. Waldetrudis by whom he fathered four children, all of whom were later venerated as saints: Aldegundis, Landericus, Dentlin, and Madalberta. On behalf of the Frankish king Dagobert I (r. 629-639), he went to Ireland and returned with several Irish monks to serve as missionaries to the pagan areas of the kingdom. He also founded a monastery at Hautmont, France, in 642. In 643, his wife entered a convent, and Madelgarus joined the Benedictines at Haumont under the name Vincent. After serving as abbot at Haumont, he established another monastery on his estate at Soignies, Belgium, where he died on July 14.
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By Justin Soutar
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