ST. DEICOLUS, ABBOT IN IRISH DICHUL, CALLED BY
THE FRENCH, ST. DEEL, OR DIEY
HE quitted Ireland, his native country, with St.
Columban, and lived with him, first in the kingdom of the East
Angles, and afterwards at Luxeu; but when his master quitted France,
he founded the abbey of Lutra, or Lure, in the diocese of Besanzon,
which was much enriched by king Clothaire II.* Amidst his
austerities, the joy and peace of his soul appeared in his
countenance. St. Columban once said to him in his youth: “Deicolus,
why are you always smiling?” He answered in simplicity:
“Because no one can take my God from me.” He died in the
seventh century. See his life and the history of his miracles in F.
Chifflet, and Mabillon, Acta Bened. t. 2, p. 103, both written by a
monk of Lure in the tenth century, as the authors of l’Hist.
Lit. de la France take notice, t. 6, p. 410. By moderns, this saint
is called Deicola; but in ancient MSS. Deicolus. In Franche-comté
his name Deel is frequently given in baptism, and Deele to persons of
the female sex.