Saint Fiachra

Rowan  Lewgalon

Lindlar, Germany

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Saint Fiachra was born in Ireland at the end of the 6th century. He is known as Saint Fiacre in English and lived in a hermitage in County Kilkenny, where many disciples gathered around him for his extraordinary knowledge of herbs and his fame as a healer and holy man.
When this got to much, he sought “exile for Christ” like many of his Irish fellow saints and went to Meaux in France. St Faro, the bishop of Meaux, assigned him a spot called Prodilus (Brodoluim), the modern Breuil, in the province of Brie. Here Fiachra built an oratory in honour of the Virgin Mary, a hospice in which he received strangers, and a cell in which he himself lived apart.
The legend of Fiachra goes that St Faro allowed him as much land as he might entrench in one day with a furrow; Fiachra turned up the earth with the point of his staff, toppling trees and uprooting briers and weeds. A suspicious woman hastened to tell Faro that he was being beguiled and that this was witchcraft. Faro, however, recognised that this was the work of God. From this point on it is said St Fiachra barred women from the precincts of his monastery.
Fiachra died on 18th August 670.
His relics were translated to Meaux, where they still rest; this was the centre of devotion to Fiachra which flourished in the 17th and 18th centuries. The place where he lived is now called Saint-Fiacre.
His feast day is 30 August and 1 September in Ireland and France.
Fiachra is commonly invoked to help heal people suffering from various ills, based on his reputed skill with medicinal plants. His reputed aversion to women is believed to be the reason he is known as the patron saint of venereal disease sufferers. He was known for healing haemorrhoids, which were called “Saint Fiacre’s illness” in the Middle Ages.
Patronage: medicine; gardeners; taxi cab drivers; venereal disease sufferers; barrenness; box makers; fistula; florists; hosiers; pewterers; tile makers; ploughboys. However, due to more than one saint bearing the name, exact patronage for each saint is probably unclear.

From Wikipadia and The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

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