Meriadec, St

Meriadec, St.

a French prelate, whose name in Latin is Mereadocus, was born in Vannes about AD. 605. He was a lineal descendant of the ancient kings of Armorica, and was brought up at the court of Joel III, king of Brittany. He was ordained a priest by Hingueten, the bishop: of Vannes. and afterwards retired into the waste and sterile country of Stival, near Pontivy. At the death of Hingueten, the clergy and the laity alike with one acclaim appointed Meriadec his legitimate successor. St. Meriadec is mentioned in the Vita Sanctorum by Bollandus (ii. 36). It is not known when he was canonized, but his name is still much venerated in Brittany, where many churches and chapels have been consecrated under the inspiration of his memory. He died in Vannes in the year 666.

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