SS. BONA, OR BEUVE, AND DODA, VIRGINS AND
ST. BEUVE was of the royal blood of France, nearly
related to king Dagobert, and one of the principal ladies of the
court. She edified the whole kingdom by her virtues in the world
above thirty years, but rejected all solicitations to marry, desiring
to devote herself entirely to the service of God. Her brother, St.
Baudry, or Balderic, who had some years before founded the monastery
of Montfaucon, which he governed in quality of abbot, built a nunnery
in honor of the Blessed Virgin, in the suburbs of Rheims, in 639: St.
Beuve there took the religious habit, and, notwithstanding her tears
and opposition, was chosen the first abbess of this house. By her
example she conducted her religious sisters in the perfect spirit of
humility, poverty, mortification, and prayer, and died in 673,
leaving behind her a sweet odor of her sanctity and virtues to all
France. She was succeeded by her niece, St. Doda, a faithful imitator
of her spirit and virtues. The bodies of SS. Beuve and Doda were
afterwards removed to St. Peter’s abbey, within the city. The
ancient history of their lives having been lost in a great fire, an
anonymous author compiled another from the tradition of the nuns in
the tenth century: a piece not much esteemed, omitted by Mabillon,
but published by the Bollandists, 24 Apr. See, on these holy virgins,
Flodoard, the learned canon of Rheims, who died in 966, in his
curious History of the Church of Rheims,1. 4, c. 38.