Saint Audomar
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Statue de Saint Audomar (Omer). Church of Orval, Manche.
Died~670 AD
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast9 September

Saint Audomar (died c. 670), better known as Saint Omer, was a bishop of Thérouanne, after whom nearby Saint-Omer in northern France was named.


He was born of a distinguished family of Coutances, then under the Frankish realm of Neustria, towards the close of the 6th or the beginning of the 7th century.[1]

After the death of his mother, he entered with his father the abbey of Luxeuil in the Diocese of Besançon, probably about 615. Under the direction of Eustachius, Omer studied the Scriptures, in which he acquired remarkable proficiency.[2]

When King Dagobert requested the appointment of a bishop for the important city of Terouenne, the capital of the ancient territory of the Morini in Neustria, he was appointed and consecrated in 637.[3]

Though the Morini had received Christianity from Saint Fuscian and Saint Victoricus, and later Antmund and Adelbert, nearly every vestige of Christianity had disappeared. When Saint Audomare entered upon his episcopal duties, the Abbot of Luxeuil sent to his assistance several monks, among whom are mentioned Saint Bertin, Saint Mommolin and Saint Ebertran. Saint Omer had the satisfaction of seeing the Catholic religion firmly established in a short time.[2]

He founded the Abbey of Saint Peter (now the Abbey of Saint Bertin) in Sithiu, soon to rival the old monastery of Luxeuil for the number of learned and zealous men educated there. In 649 he erected the Church of Our Lady of Sithiu, with a small monastery adjoining, which he turned over to the monks of Saint Bertin, on condition that he would be buried at the site and that the church would serve as a burial place for the monks.[4]

The exact date of his death is unknown, but he is believed to have died about the year 670.


The place of his burial is uncertain; most probably he was laid to rest in the church of Our Lady, later Saint-Omer Cathedral, where there is a 13th-century cenotaph dedicated to him.

His feast is celebrated on 9 September.


  1. ^ Brett, Caroline. "The Hare and the Tortoise? Vita Prima Sanctis Samsonis, Vita Paterni, and Merovingian Hagiography", St Samson of Dol and the Earliest History of Brittany, Cornwall and Wales, (Lynette Olson, ed.), Boydell & Brewer, 2017, p. 91 ISBN 9781783272181
  2. ^ a b O'Boyle, Francis. "St. Omer." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 31 Dec. 2012
  3. ^ Yaniv Fox (18 September 2014). Power and Religion in Merovingian Gaul: Columbanian Monasticism and the Formation of the Frankish Aristocracy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 37–38, 128, 279. ISBN 978-1-107-06459-1.
  4. ^ "The Collegiate Church and St. Bertin Abbey", Ghent University Library
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "St. Omer". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

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