St. Florentius of Strassburg, Bishop

7 November

Died c. 693. An Irishman by birth, he left his country for Alsace and settled in the wilds of Haselac, where he built a monastery. About 678, he was raised to the see of Strassburg, where he founded another monastery--St. Thomas's--chiefly for his own countrymen (Benedictines).

Florentius is depicted as a bishop with a bear guarding his sheep. Sometimes wild beasts surround him; at other times there is a ray of light upon him. He is invoked against gallstones and rupture (Roeder).

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