Faustus, St (2)

Faustus, St.

(de Glanfeuil). was one of the Benedictine monks who came with St. Maurus to France, A.D. 543, and assisted in founding the first monastery of his order in that country at Glanfeuil (Glannafolium), in Anjou. In 585, after the death of Maurus, he returned to Italy, and became an inmate of the monastery of Lateran at Rome, where, at the instance of his brother monks, he wrote a life of St. Maurus, and presented it to pope Boniface IV, who approved it about 607. Faustus died some time after this (on a 15th of February, according to the Bollandists), and was buried in the monastery of Lateran. His life of St. Maurus reflects the spirit of the age, a credulous faith in the marvellous, and abounds in uninteresting and prolix details. Surius (Vitae Sanctorum, etc.), Du Breul (Supplem. Antiq. etc.), and Mabillon (Acta Sanct. Ord. Sancti Benedicti) have edited it.-Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 17:202-3.

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