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


He was a monk of the Order of Saint Columban, whose country is not known, coming into France was appointed first abbot of Saint Peter’s des-Fosses, called Saint Maur’s after the relics of that holy abbot were brought thither from Anjou. This monastery was founded by Blidegisil, archdeacon of Paris, in 638, in a peninsula formed by the river Marne, two leagues from Paris. Saint Babolen rendered it a house of saints, and by the perfect spirit of charity, piety, and all virtues which reigned in it, a true image of paradise on earth. In conjunction with Saint Fursey at Lagny he laboured much in serving the whole diocess of Paris by the authority of Bishop Audebert and his successor Saint Landri. He founded many churches and hospitals in that diocess, and in his old age having resigned his abbacy to Ambrose, his successor, died in holy retirement in the seventh century. The new Paris Breviary honours his memory with one lesson on the 26th of June.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Babolen, Abbot”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 June 2013. Web. 22 September 2021. <>