Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Guislain, Abbot

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The name of Saint Guislain is famous in the lives of Saint Amand, Saint Aubert, and Saint Aldegondes. Having led some time an eremitical life in a forest in Haynault, upon the river Haysne, for the benefit of many who desired to serve God under his direction, he founded there a monastery in 651, in honour of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which he governed with great sanctity and prudence thirty-six years, under the rule of Saint Basil, or of the eastern monks. By his exhortations two holy and illustrious sisters renounced the world, Saint Vaudru, who, in 656, erected a monastery at a place called, from a certain camp, Castri Locus, now Mons, and Saint Aldegondes, who erected a double monastery, which gave rise to the town of Maubeuge. Saint Guislain died on the 9th of October, in 681, and is commemorated in the Roman Martyrology. His monastery, which was long called The Cell, exchanged the rule of Regular Canons to receive from Saint Gerard that of Saint Bennet, in 930. The little town which arose in the same place is a strong fortress. The lives of Saint Guislain are all modern.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Guislain, Abbot”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 May 2016. Web. 22 April 2019. <>