Aurea (2), St

Aurea (2), St., abbess of St. Martial at Paris in the time of Dagobert I and Clovis II. St. Eligius in 633 founded a nunnery at Paris in honor of St. Martial of Limoges, where he gathered together three' hundred nuns and placed them under the conduct of St. Aurea, who governed them until the year 666, when, together with one hundred and sixty of the' sisters, she died of the plague. Her body is preserved in the Church of St. Martial, which afterwards was dedicated in part under the name of St. Eligius and .given to the Barnabites. Originally St. Aurea was commemorated on the supposed day of her death, viz. Oct. 4; but when that day was appropriated to the commemoration of St. Francis, she was transferred' to the next day. See Baillet, Oct. 4.

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