ST. SIRAN, OR SIGIRANNUS, ABBOT IN BERRY, C.
HE was a native of Berry, and of noble extraction,
studied in his youth at Tours, and was afterwards cupbearer to king
Clotaire II. While he lived at court he always wore a rough hair
shirt under his garments, and devoted the greatest part of his time
to holy prayer. To give himself up wholly to this heavenly exercise
he took holy orders at Tours in 625, and served that church some time
in quality of archdeacon. In 640 he made a penitential pilgrimage to
Rome, and after his return founded two monasteries in the diocese of
Bourges, the one called Meobec or Millepecus, and the other Lonrey,
now St. Siran’s, near Maisiers. This latter he governed with
great sanctity till his death, which happened in 655. He is honored
in France among the saints. See his life in Mabillon, Act. Ben.