Saint Leonard (I)
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According to unreliable
sources, he was a Frank courtier who was converted by St Remigius, refused the offer of a See from
his godfather, King Clovis I, and became a monk at Micy. He lived as a hermit at Limoges and was
rewarded by the king with all the land he could ride around on a donkey in a day for his prayers,
which were believed to have brought the Queen through a difficult delivery safely. He founded Noblac
monastery on the land so granted him, and it grew into the town of Saint-Leonard. He remained there
evangelizing the surrounding area until his death. He is invoked by women in labor and by prisoners
of war because of the legend that Clovis promised to release every captive Leonard visited. His
feast day is November 6.
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