St. Ouen of Rouen
Also ADOUEN and DADO
The friend and hagiographer of St. Eligius (Eloi), Ouen, also known as
Dado or Audoenus, was born in Sancy, Brie, c. 600/610. He was raised in
the court of Clotaire II (d. 628) and remained influential at court under
Dagobert I (d. 639) and his successor. Ouen became a monk and established
a monastery at Rebais in 636. He was named bishop of Rouen five years
later, at the same time that Eligius became bishop of Noyou. In 644, Ouen
convoked the Synod of Châlon to suppress simony.
An advisor to Queen
Bathild, he brokered peace between Neustria and Austrasia for Thierry III.
Ouen died in 684 at Paris, and he was buried at his cathedral, which now
bears his name, in Rouen.
Karen Rae Keck
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