St. Arbogast

4 Jul

 

 

 

 

George just discovered that one of the patron saints for his birthday is an Irish one who became the bishop of Strasbourg, St. Arbogast. For some reason this interests him immensely. He was particularly intrigued by this account:

The accepted date for Arbogast’s arrival in Alsace is 550. His bishopric was preceded by a sojourn in the forest of Hagenau. This dense oakland, the haunt of anchorites, was called the Sacred Grove of Northern Alsace. Within it Arbogast had his cell. An oak tree of huge dimensions marks the spot. Indicative are the hamlets Saint-Arbogast and Chene (=oaktree) on the road from Strassburg to Weissenburg/Wissembourg.

Now he wants to know about the Forest of Hagenau…

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