SAINT LEUFREDUS, IN FRENCH LEUFROI, ABBOT
HE was a native of the territory of Evreux, and
performed his studies partly in the monastery of St. Taurinus at
Evreux. Hearing the great sanctity of B. Sidonius, abbot near Rouen,
much spoken of, he repaired to him, and received the monastic habit
at his hands. By the advice of St. Ansbert, archbishop of Rouen, he
returned to his own country, and on a spot two leagues from Evreux,
upon the river Eure, where St. Owen had formerly erected a cross and
a chapel, he built a monastery in honor of the Cross, which he called
the Cross of St. Owen, but it is long since called the Cross of St.
Leufroi. Fasting, watching, and prayer were the constant exercises of
his whole life, especially during forty years that he governed his
monastery.* He died happily after receiving the holy viaticum in 738
and was succeeded in the abbacy by his brother St. Agofroi. In the
incursion of the Normans in the ninth century, the monks fled for
refuge to the abbey of St. Germain-des-Prez at Paris, carrying with
them the relics of St. Owen, St. Turiave, St. Leufroi, and St.
Agofroi. When they returned, they left in gratitude for their
entertainment those of St. Leufroi and St. Turiave, which still
remain in that great abbey. St. Leufroi is named in the Roman
Martyrology on the 21st of June, and honored with an office in the
new Paris Breviary. See his anonymous life written in the ninth age
with the remarks of Mabillon, sæc. 3, Ben. part 1, p. 582, also
Usuard, the life of St. Owen, &c.