St Avitus was a native of Orleans, and, retiring
into Auvergne, took the monastic habit, together with St. Calais, in the abbey of Menat, at that
time very small, though afterward enriched by Queen Brunehault, and by St. Boner, Bishop of
Clermont. The two Saints soon after returned to Miscy, a famous abbey situated a league and a half
It was founded toward the end of the reign of Clovis I. by St. Euspicius, a
holy priest, honored on the 14th of June, and his nephew St. Maximin or Mesnim, whose name this
monastery, which is now of the Cistercian Order, bears. Many call St. Maximin the first abbot,
others St. Euspicius the first, St. Maximin the second, and St. Avitus the third.
Saint and St. Calais made not a long stay at Miscy, though St. Maximin gave them a gracious
reception. In quest of a closer retirement, St. Avitus, who had succeeded St. Maximin, soon after
resigned the abbacy, and with St. Calais lived a recluse in the territory now called Dunois, on the
frontiers of La Perche. Others joining them, St. Calais retired into a forest in Maine, and King
Clotaire built a church and monastery for St. Avitus and his companions.
This is at
present a Benedictine nunnery, called St. Avy of Chateaudun, and is situated on the Loire, at the
foot of the hill on which the town of Chateaudun is built, in the diocese of Chartres. Three famous
monks, Leobin, afterwards Bishop of Chartres, Euphronius, and Rusticus, attended our Saint to his
happy death, which happened about the year 530. His body was carried to Orleans, and buried with
great pomp in that city.
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