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Saint Ansbert (d. 695)

Saint Ansbert (d. 695)

Feast day: February 9

Saint Ansbert was chancellor to King Clotaire III of France. As chancellor and a member of the court, Ansbert enjoyed a life of luxury and influence. However, he did not feel that he was fully serving God in his position, so he decided to become a monk. He joined the monastery at Frontenelle and served as confessor to a king of the Ostrogoths. Ansbert was appointed bishop of Rouen, but, like so many of us, he got caught up in the secular matters of the time. He was exiled to the Hautmont Monastery by the mayor of the royal palace, where he passed away from natural causes. (Image by Giogo, Wikimedia Commons)