St. Albinus

St. Albinus was born to a noble family of Brittany. When he was young, he wanted to become a monk. In 504, when he was 35 He was chosen to be Abbot. He held that office for twenty-five years until he was elected as the Bishop of Angers, against his wishes. As a monk, St. Albinus was a model of virtue. As a bishop, he restored discipline.  He set the example by living his life as a monk even after he became a bishop. He helped everyone who needed his help.  He used the diocesan funds to free hostages from pirates.  King Childebert imprisoned a woman named Etherie.  Albinus tried to get her released.  He was unable to do this, so he went to visit her in prison.  There was a soldier who tried to fight Albinus.  When the soldier tried to fight, he fell dead at Albinus’ feet.  This astounded the king, so he allowed Albinus to bail her out of prison. There is a legend that Albinus prayed late into the night for some other men imprisoned in the Tower of Angers until a stone collapsed from the wall.  This allowed men to escape. He lead his diocese until he died in 504.   

He was buried in the church of Saint-Pierre at Angers. In 556, a church was dedicated to him and his body was buried in its crypt. An abbey was built near this church called Saint-Aubin.