St. Foillan of Fosses
St. Foillan, an Irish missionary, accompanied his brothers, Sts. Fursey
and Ultan, to East Anglia, where the three worked from the monastery of
Cnobheresbury (Burgh Castle), which they may have founded. Some say that
Fursey alone established it. When he left for Gaul, Foillan became abbot;
he and Ultan remained in East Anglia until Penda and his invading army
destroyed the monastery. Clovis II received the pair in Gaul, and Gertrude
of Nivelles gave Foillan land at Fosses, where he established a monastery
and missionary base, from which he evangelized the Brabants. He became
spiritual director of Nivelles as well as the monastery at Fosses. Robbers
murdered him and his three companions c. 655, as they returned to Fosses
after a visit to Nivelles.
Karen Rae Keck
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