SAINT ROUIN, IN LATIN RODINGUS, AND CHRODINGUS
FIRST ABBOT OF BEAULIEU IN ARGONNE
HE was a native of Ireland, where he embraced the
monastic state, and received priesthood. Having afterwards left his
own country, he retired to the monastery of Tholey in the diocess of
Treves, and became a perfect model of all virtues to the monks, who,
according to some writers, elected him their superior. Here he was so
often interrupted by the visits of those who came from all parts to
consult him, that he quitted the monastery and retired to Verdun, to
be near Paul, the holy bishop of that city, where he spent two years.
After this, he resolved to settle in the forest of Argonne, but being
refused permission by the person to whom it belonged, he went to Rome
with his disciples. Upon his return to France he obtained the consent
he wished for, and taking up his residence in the forest, he there
laid the foundation of the abbey of Beaulieu, which still subsists
and is dependent on the congregation of St. Vannes.
The church was dedicated under the invocation of
St. Maurice and his companions: and the new community soon became
very generous. The holy founder was honored with the protection of
king Clovis II. and his queen St. Bathildes: and was also greatly
esteemed by Childeric, king of Austrasia, who confirmed the new
establishment by his diploma, and endowed it with land. The saint
having governed his monastery thirty years, called for a successor,
and retired into a solitary place in the neighborhood, out of which
he never went, except on Sundays, or when his presence was necessary
in the community. He died on the 17th of September, about the year
680, at the age of eighty-six, and was buried in the church of his
abbey. He is mentioned in the Gallican and Benedictine Martyrologies.
See D. Menard,1. 2, Observ. in Mart. Ben. et addit. and Mabillon
addit. Sec. 4, Ben.