Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Bain, Bishop of Terouanne


[Now Saint Omer, and Abbot of Saint Vandrille’s] He was fifth bishop of that see, to which he was promoted before the middle of the seventh century. Merville, where Saint Mauront had built his monastery of Breüil, being in the diocess of Terouanne, Saint Bain translated thence the body of Saint Amatus, to the church which Saint Maurout had lately built at Douay. When Saints Luglius and Luglianus, two Irish hermits, had been murdered by highwaymen in this diocess, Saint Bain buried them with great honour in the chapel of his castle at Lilleres, where they are honoured as patrons of the town on the 23d of October. Solitude, “which nourishes prayer as a mother does her child,” as Saint John Damascen says, being always the ruling inclination of our saint, he resigned his bishopric, and retiring to the abbey of Fontenelle or Saint Vandrille’s, in Normandy, put on the monastic habit, as he was already possessed perfectly of the spirit, and some time after was chosen the fifth abbot of that house from Saint Wandrille, in 701. Out of his great devotion to the relics of the saints, he translated the bodies of Saint Wandrille, Ansbert, and Wolfgran or Wulfran, out of the chapel of Saint Paul, built by Saint Vandrille for the burial-place, into the great church of Saint Peter, in which the monks celebrated the divine mysteries. Pepin, duke of the French, having founded or considerably augmented the abbey of Fleury, now called Saint Bennet’s on the Loire, situated nine leagues above Orleans, he committed the same to the direction of Saint Bain, in 706. The saint died about the year 711, and is honoured on the 20th of June at Saint Vandrille’s, and in the Gallican Martyrologies.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Bain, Bishop of Terouanne”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 June 2013. Web. 25 September 2021. <>