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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume VI: June. The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

June 21

St. Leufredus, Abbot

[In French Leufroi.]  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. Anshert, archbishop of Rouen, he returned to his own country, and on a spot two leagues from Evreux, upon the Eure, where St. Owen had formerly erected a cross and a chapel, he built a monastery in honour 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. 1 He died happily after receiving the holy viaticum in 738, and was succeeded in the abbacy by his brother St. Agofroi. In the incursions 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 honoured 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.  1
Note 1. This monastery of the Cross of St. Leufroi was anciently called by the old name of the village where it was built, Madric, in Latin Madriacense, and is possessed by old Benedictins. [back]