Saint Eugendus of Condat – Feast Day – January 4

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Saint Eugendus of Condat was born in Born 449 A.D in France, Europe. He worked in France and died on January 1, 510 at Condat, Switzerland of natural causes. His feast Day is celebrated on January 4 every year.

Saint Eugendus of Condat Biography
Date of Birth 449 A.D
Country of Birth France of Europe
Profession Abbot
Place of Work N/A
Date of Death January 1 510
Place of Death Condat, Switzerland
Feast Day January 4
Beatification Beatified by Pre congregation
Canonization Canonized by Pre congregation
Patron Saint of • Saint-Oyen, Tarentaise, France
• Saint-Oyen, Valley of Aoste, Italy
• Saint-Oyens, Vaud, Switzerland

Saint Eugendus of Condat Life History

Holy Eugendus was born around 449 in Izernore in Ain in France . He learned to read and write from his father, who had become a priest and at the age of seven he was entrusted to the Holy Romanus and Lupicinus brothers for education in the Condat monastery in the Jura Mountains on the border between France and Switzerland as oblate.

He then never left the monastery. The two brothers led their monasteries together, but after Romanus’s death about 460, Lupicin’s abbot was alone until his death about 480. Then Minasius (Minausius) took over as abbot, and he chose Eugendus to his coadjutor.

When Minasius died around 496, Eugendus became the monastery’s fourth abbot. Eugendus continued to be the same humble monk as before and introduced a rule by model of the Holy Basil’s great and John Kassian.

Known for his asceticism and for the fact that although he was always happy and friendly, he never saw him laugh. Perhaps it was a way of saying that he was faithful to the rule of the Holy Benedict of “not much laughing or violent”.

He was taught both in Greek and Latin and Bible studies, but he always refused to be devoted to the priest. His life was very ascetic and he dressed in the sackcloth both summer and winter. He only ate one small meal a day, usually after sunset.

The biography of the first abbots of Condat tells us that the monastery was first built of timber by Romanus. It burned down and Eugendus rebuilt it in stone and added a beautiful church which he dedicated to the holy apostles Peter , Paul, and Andrew, and enriched with precious relics.

This church was the predecessor of the converted monastery church, which is now Saint-Claude Cathedral.

Saint Eugendus of Condat Date of birth

He was born in the year c.449 at Izernore, Ain, France.

Place of Birth

Saint Eugendus of Condat was born in Izernore, Ain, France.

Family Background

Saint Eugendus of Condat was taught to read and write at home by his father, a man who became a priest himself and at the age of seven was given to Saint Romanus and Saint Lupicinus to be educated at Condat Abbey. Thenceforth he never left the monastery.

Profession

Saint Eugendus of Condat Learned to read Greek and Latin, and became a noted Scripture authority. He refused to become ordained, saying he was unworthy to be a priest. Chosen abbot of his house c.496; the monastery was later renamed Saint-Oyend in his honour, and still later was known as Saint-Claude.

When the wooden monastery burned, he managed to get it rebuilt in stone; it lasted for centuries. Known for the extreme austerity, simplicity, humility and good cheer, and for his life of continual prayer.

Eugendus acquired much learning, read the Greek and Latin authors, and was well versed in the Scriptures.

He led a life of great austerity, including being said to have never laughed, supposedly in respect to a passage in the Rule of St Benedict not to take pleasure in unrestrained or raucous laughter (despite the fact that St. Benedict was born thirty years after him and would scarcely have been known at the time of Eugendus’ death). He also refused ever to be ordained a priest.

Abbot Minausius made him his coadjutor, and after the former’s death (about 496) Eugendus became his successor. After the monastery, which Saint Romanus had built of wood, was destroyed by fire, Eugendus erected another of stone, and improved the community life; thus far the brethren had lived in separate cells after the fashion of the Eastern ascetics.

He built an abbey church in honour of the holy Apostles Peter, Paul, and Andrew, and enriched it with precious relics; the church was the predecessor of the rebuilt abbey church that is now Saint-Claude Cathedral

The order, which had been founded on the rules of the Oriental monasteries, now took on more of the active character of the Western brethren; the rule of Tarnate is thought to have served as a model.

Condat began to flourish as a place of refuge for all those who suffered from the misfortunes and afflictions of those eventful times, a school of virtue and knowledge amid the surrounding darkness, an oasis in the desert.

When Eugendus felt his end approaching he had his breast anointed by a priest, took leave of his brethren, and died quietly after five days, at the age of sixty-one.

Saint Eugendus of Condat Date of Death

Saint Eugendus of Condat died on 1 January 510 at Condat, Switzerland of natural causes.

Saint Eugendus of Condat Place of Death

Saint Eugendus of Condat died at Condat, in Switzerland of natural causes.

Saint Eugendus of Condat Feast Day

Saint Eugendus of Condat feast Day is celebrated on 4 January (formerly January 2) and 1 January in Orthodox Church.

Beatification

Saint Eugendus of Condat beatified date, place are not revealed but soon we will update this soon.

Canonization

Saint Eugendus of Condat Canonization date, place are not revealed but soon we will update this soon.

Patron Saint of

Saint Eugendus of Condat was a Patron Saint of Saint-Oyen, Tarentaise, France,  Saint-Oyen, Valley of Aoste, Italy and Saint-Oyens, Vaud, Switzerland.

Saint’s Legacy

He led a life of great austerity, including being said to have never laughed, supposedly in respect to a passage in the Rule of St Benedict not to take pleasure in unrestrained or raucous laughter (despite the fact that St. Benedict was born thirty years after him and would scarcely have been known at the time of Eugendus’ death). He also refused ever to be ordained a priest.

Abbot Minausius made him his coadjutor, and after the former’s death (about 496) Eugendus became his successor. After the monastery, which Saint Romanus had built of wood, was destroyed by fire, Eugendus erected another of stone, and improved the community life; thus far the brethren had lived in separate cells after the fashion of the Eastern ascetics.

He built an abbey church in honour of the holy Apostles Peter, Paul, and Andrew, and enriched it with precious relics; the church was the predecessor of the rebuilt abbey church that is now Saint-Claude Cathedral.


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