St. Vulmar (Feast: July 20)
Vulmar – or Wulmar, as he is more commonly called – was a Benedictine abbot whom the Roman Martyrology refers to as “a man of wonderful holiness”. He was born near the village of Picardy in the province of Boulogne in France.
Although he was originally married, he was separated by force from his wife, and was inspired to join the Abbey of Hautmont in Hainault.
His piety and devotion, even in his humble duties of keeping the cattle and hewing wood for the community, brought him to the attention of the superiors. Upon observation, he was found to be a worthy candidate for ordination and promoted to the dignity of the priesthood.
Later, he obtained the consent of his superiors to leave the abbey and live his life alone as a hermit near Mount Cassel for several years. He later founded the Abbey of Samer, near Calais, where he served as abbot. This monastery was named Saint-Vulmar in his honor and existed until the French Revolution.
Vulmar also founded the Benedictine convent at Wierre-aux-Bois, which was about a mile from his own monastery, for his niece, Saint Eremberta.
St. Vulmar has been glorified by miracles, and his relics were conveyed to Boulogne, and from there to the Abbey of St. Peter at Ghent.
DAILY QUOTE for July 23, 2019
SAINT OF THE DAY
St. Bridget of Sweden
In the days of yore, when travel must be had on foot or by horse, many were the dangers to be found along the roadways.