ST. ELIER OR HELIER, HERMIT, M.
IN the isle of Jersey and on the coasts of
Normandy the name of this servant of God has been in singular
veneration from the time of his happy death. He was converted to the
faith by St. Marcou, a holy abbot in Armorica, and being inflamed
with an ardent desire of serving God in the practice of perfect
virtue, retired into the isle of Jersey, and choosing for his abode a
cave on the summit of a rock of difficult access, there led an
eremitical life in rigorous fasting and assiduous prayer. In this
lonely retreat he was murdered by robbers or infidel barbarians. The
chief town in the island, which is situate seven leagues from
Cotentin, bears his name. The dean of the island is still invited to
all diocesan synods of Coutances, the island having been formerly
subject to the spiritual jurisdiction of that see. See the new
Martyrology of Evreux; Piganiol, Descrip. de la France, t. 9. p. 557.
The acts of S. Helier, in the Bollandists, 16 Julij, and of S.
Marcou, 1 Maij. Also Trigan, Hist. de Normandie,1. 3, p. 91,1. 4, p.
124. The Breviaries of Coutances and Rennes, and that of the
Cistercian abbey of Beaubec, in the diocess of Rouen, which is
possessed of his relics.