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Feastday: July 8

Death: 1115


 

A renowned hermit and founder. Originally a soldier, he is said in tradition to have become a hermit in the Holy Land before returning to the West to help preach the First Crusade throughout France, Italy, and Germany. He then embarked upon the crusade as a soldier and took part in the siege of Antioch and the capture of Jerusalem in 1099. Going home, he once more devoted himelf to a spiritual life, founding the monastery of Neufmoutier, in Flanders. While termed Blessed, he was never officially beatified.


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