SAINT THIERRI, ABBOT OF MONT-D’HOR, NEAR
HE was born in the district of Rheims. His father
Marquard was abandoned to every infamous disorder. An education
formed on the best Christian principles in the house of such a person
would more than probably be blasted by his bad example; but our saint
was happily removed, and educated in learning; and piety, under the
edifying example of the holy bishop Remigius.
He married in complaisance to his relations; but
easily persuaded his wife to embrace the virgin state; and becoming
himself a monk, he was made superior of an abbey founded by St.
Remigius on Mont-d’Hor, near Rheims. Some time after he
received holy orders, and became famous by the many extraordinary
conversions he wrought through the zeal and unction wherewith he
exhorted sinners to repentance; among these was his own father, who
persevered to his death under the direction of his son. He succeeded
also, in conjunction with St. Remigius, in converting an infamous
house into a nunnery of pious virgins. According to the most common
opinion he died on the 1st of July, 533. It is said that king Thierri
assisted at his funeral, and esteemed himself honored in being one of
his bearers to the grave. His relics, lest they should be exposed to
the impiety of the Normans, were hidden under ground, but discovered
in 976, and are still preserved in a silver shrine. He is mentioned
on this day in the Roman Martyrology. See Mabillon, Act. t. 1, p.
614. Bulteau, Hist. de l’Ordre de St. Ben. t. 1, p. 287;
Baillet ad 1. Jul. and Gal. Christ. Nov. t. 9, p. 180.