Feast Day: December 29
Saint Ebrulf of Ouche, also known as Ebrolfo, Ebrulfo, Ebrulfus, Ebrulphus, Evroul, Evroult, or Évroult, was a prominent figure in the Merovingian court during the 7th century. Born in 626 in Bayeux, Normandy, France, Ebrulf began his life as a married layman. He was responsible for making financial arrangements for his wife, who may have later entered religious life as a nun. However, Ebrulf felt called to a more spiritual and ascetic life, and thus decided to leave the court of King Childebert I to pursue a monastic vocation. He entered the Deux Jumeaux abbey as a monk, seeking a deeper connection with God. After some time, Ebrulf and a small group of like-minded brothers left the abbey to live as hermits in the nearby forest of Ouche. During their time as hermits, Ebrulf and his companions embraced a life of solitude and prayer. However, their faith led them to an encounter with a group of highway robbers who plagued the region. Ebrulf, with his profound love for God and dedication to spreading the faith, managed to convert these bandits to Christianity. Encouraged by this initial success, Ebrulf and his brothers, along with the newly converted highway robbers, founded a small monastery near Ouche. Ebrulf served as the abbot and imparted his strong emphasis on self-sufficiency and manual labor as offerings to God. The monastery thrived and became so successful that it led to the establishment of several other small monastic houses nearby. Saint Ebrulf of Ouche lived a life marked by humility, discipline, and devotion to God. He dedicated himself to prayer, contemplation, and the spiritual growth of his community. Ebrulf's deep faith and infectious enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel touched the lives of many, including those who were once engaged in criminal activities. In the year 706, Saint Ebrulf passed away peacefully, having lived a life characterized by holiness and virtue. His relics were later translated to Deeping Abbey in England during the 11th and 12th centuries. Although the exact date of his canonization is unknown, it is believed to have taken place before the formal establishment of the Congregation of Rites. While Saint Ebrulf of Ouche does not have any officially recognized patronage, he remains a significant figure within the Catholic tradition. His example as a devoted monk, compassionate evangelist, and founder of monastic communities inspires individuals to deepen their relationship with God and to embrace a life of spiritual devotion. The feast days of Saint Ebrulf of Ouche are celebrated on 29th December and 30th August, corresponding to the translation of his relics.