Spire, or Exupere, St
Spire, Or Exupere, St.
first bishop of Bayeux, was born, according to some, in Rome, and came to Gaul about A.D. 68, with Denis, Saturnin, and other bishops, whom they pretend to have been sent by pope Clement. This opinion, followed in the diocese of Bayeux, is in contradiction with the chronology of its bishops; and it is also necessary, in accordance with the majority of writers, to fix, the epoch of his arrival towards the end of the fourth century. He died about 405, and was buried at the end of Mt. Phaunus, where he had begun to preach the Christian faith. His remains, transferred in the 16th century to Corbeil, where a church was erected in his memory, were burned, Feb. 8, 1679, in the presence of the municipality. His festival is on Aug. 1.