AUDOMARUS (OMER) (Saint) Bishop (September 9) (7th century) Born at Ooldenthal near the Lake of Constance, in the sixth century, on the death of his mother, he and his father became monks in the Abbey of Luxeuil, under Saint Eustace. Here Saint Audomarus gained such a reputation for sanctity and learning that King Dagobert, encouraged by the wishes of the clergy, advised thereto by Saint Acharius, Bishop of Noyon, chose the young monk to rule over the extensive Diocese of Terouanne (now Saint Omer), which was sorely in need of a zealous pastor. By his exemplary life and untiring energy, the new Bishop suppressed idolatry and transformed his Diocese into one of the most flourishing in France. He founded the famous Abbey of Sithiu, later known as Saint Bertin. In his old age he became blind, but never relaxed his endeavours to do good and to win souls to God. He died A.D. 670, and was buried in the church which has since become the Cathedral of Saint Omer.