Allowin / Bavo (c.622 - 659) MP

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Birthplace: Landen, Flemish Region, Belgium
Death: Died in Gent, Vlaams Gewest, België
Occupation: Soldier, missionary, hermit
Managed by: Ben Angel
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About Allowin / Bavo

St. Bavo of Ghent (Bavon, Bavonius, Baaf, originally Allowin), (c622-659), a hermit and later patron saint of Ghent. He was son of Pépin of Landen and St. Iduberge.

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http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allowin_van_Haspengouw

Allowin van Haspengouw, ook Aldawin genoemd, beter bekend als de heilige Bavo (Haspengouw - Gent, 1 oktober 654), was een zoon van Pippijn I van Landen en dus een broer van de H. Gertrudis van Nijvel en de H. Begga. Allowin had een wilde jeugd: hij verkocht zijn personeel als slaaf.

Pas na het overlijden van zijn echtgenote, kwam hij tot bezinning onder de invloed van de H. Amandus, de raadsman van zijn moeder, die hem doopte. Hij trad in in het klooster, gesticht door Amandus (de latere Sint-Pietersabdij) en nam de naam Bavo aan. Bavo werd kluizenaar in een boom en nadien in een bos nabij de abdij.

Hoogstwaarschijnlijk verbleef hij langere tijd in Mendonk, bij Gent, waar hij door het bidden van een noveen tussen 1 en 9 oktober nog altijd wordt vereerd.

Na zijn dood kwam zijn verering op gang. Zijn lichaam werd overgebracht naar een kerk in Gent. Dit was aanleiding voor het stichten van een tweede monnikengemeenschap op korte afstand van de Sint-Pietersabdij. Later zou ze uitgroeien tot de Sint-Baafsabdij.

De feestdag van Bavo is 1 oktober.

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Saint Bavo of Ghent (also known as Bavon, Allowin, Bavonius,[1] and Baaf) (589 – 654) is a Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox saint.

Contents

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   * 1 Life
   * 2 Veneration
   * 3 References
   * 4 External links

[edit] Life

Bavo was born near Liège, Belgium, to a Frankish noble family that gave him the name Allowin. His father was Pippin of Landen, the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia.

Wild as a youth and selfish, he was known to have sold servants to local nobles as slaves.[citation needed] He contracted a beneficial marriage, and had a daughter through it. He was a soldier;[1] however, he led an undisciplined and disorderly life. Shortly after the death of his wife, Bavo decided to reform himself upon hearing a sermon preached by a monk, Saint Amand. Bavo was struck after the sermon o at the emptiness of material objects and donated his wealth to the poor after he converted to Christianity at Anand's convent.[1] Bavo traveled with Amand for some time in his missionary work through France and Flanders. On one occasion, Bavo met a man whom he had sold years before. Wishing to atone for this earlier conduct, Bavo had the man lead him by chain to the town jail.

He built an abbey on his grounds and became a monk. He distributed his belongings to the poor and lived as a recluse, first in a hollow tree, later in a cell in the forest near the Abbey. He died at St. Bavo's Abbey in Ghent, in today's Belgium.

[edit] Veneration

Saint Bavo saves Haarlem from the Kennemers. Dated 1673 but showing legend from 1274.

Bavo is the patron saint of Ghent, Belgium and Haarlem, the Netherlands. He is most often shown in Christian art as a knight with a sword and a falcon. The most popular scene is the moment of his conversion, which has many different stories attached to it. Because he is so often shown with a falcon, he came to be considered the patron saint of falconry. In Ghent, in medieval times, taxes were paid on Oktober 1st, and for this reason Bavo is often shown holding a purse.

According to Rodulfus Glaber, the city of Bamberg is named after him, with Bamberg meaning 'Mount of Bavo'.

His feast day in the Orthodox Church is October 1.

Several churches are dedicated to him, including:

   * Saint Bavo Cathedral, in Ghent
   * Sint-Bavokerk and Cathedral of Saint Bavo, both in Haarlem
   * Sint-Bavokerk in Heemstede
   * Saint Bavo Church and School, in Mishawaka, Indiana

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Bavo

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Saint Bavo of Ghent (also known as Bavon, Allowin, Bavonius,[1] and Baaf) (589 – 654) is a Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox saint.

Bavo was born near Liège, Belgium, to a Frankish noble family that gave him the name Allowin. His father was Pippin of Landen, the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia.

Wild as a youth and selfish, he was known to have sold servants to local nobles as slaves. He contracted a beneficial marriage, and had a daughter through it. He was a soldier; however, he led an undisciplined and disorderly life. Shortly after the death of his wife, Bavo decided to reform himself upon hearing a sermon preached by a monk, Saint Amand. Bavo was struck after the sermon o at the emptiness of material objects and donated his wealth to the poor after he converted to Christianity at Anand's convent. Bavo traveled with Amand for some time in his missionary work through France and Flanders. On one occasion, Bavo met a man whom he had sold years before. Wishing to atone for this earlier conduct, Bavo had the man lead him by chain to the town jail.

He built an abbey on his grounds and became a monk. He distributed his belongings to the poor and lived as a recluse, first in a hollow tree, later in a cell in the forest near the Abbey. He died at St. Bavo's Abbey in Ghent, in today's Belgium.

Bavo is the patron saint of Ghent, Belgium and Haarlem, the Netherlands. He is most often shown in Christian art as a knight with a sword and a falcon. The most popular scene is the moment of his conversion, which has many different stories attached to it. Because he is so often shown with a falcon, he came to be considered the patron saint of falconry. In Ghent, in medieval times, taxes were paid on Oktober 1st, and for this reason Bavo is often shown holding a purse.

According to Rodulfus Glaber, the city of Bamberg is named after him, with Bamberg meaning 'Mount of Bavo'.

His feast day in the Orthodox Church is October 1.

Several churches are dedicated to him, including:

Saint Bavo Cathedral, in Ghent

Sint-Bavokerk and Cathedral of Saint Bavo, both in Haarlem

Sint-Bavokerk in Heemstede

Saint Bavo Church and School, in Mishawaka, Indiana

His picture is also part of the Coat of Arms of the Antwerp suburb Wilrijk.

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From the Wikipedia page for Saint Bavo of Ghent:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Bavo

Saint Bavo of Ghent (also known as Bavon, Allowin, Bavonius,[1] and Baaf) (622 – 659) is a Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox saint.

Life

Bavo was born near Liège, Belgium, to a Frankish noble family that gave him the name Allowin. His father was Pippin of Landen, the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia.

Wild as a youth and selfish, he was known to have sold servants to local nobles as slaves.[citation needed] He contracted a beneficial marriage, and had a daughter through it. He was a soldier;[1] however, he led an undisciplined and disorderly life.

Shortly after the death of his wife, Bavo decided to reform himself upon hearing a sermon preached by a monk, Saint Amand. Bavo was struck after the sermon at the emptiness of material objects and donated his wealth to the poor after he converted to Christianity at Amand's convent.[1]

Bavo traveled with Amand for some time in his missionary work through France and Flanders. On one occasion, Bavo met a man whom he had sold years before. Wishing to atone for this earlier conduct, Bavo had the man lead him by chain to the town jail.

He built an abbey on his grounds and became a monk. He distributed his belongings to the poor and lived as a recluse, first in a hollow tree, later in a cell in the forest near the Abbey. He died at St. Bavo's Abbey in Ghent, in today's Belgium.

Veneration

Bavo is the patron saint of Ghent and Lauwe, Belgium and Haarlem, the Netherlands. He is most often shown in Christian art as a knight with a sword and falcon.

The most popular scene is the moment of his conversion, which has many stories attached to it. Because he is so often show with a falcon, he came to be considered the patron saint of falconry.

In Ghent, in medieval times, taxes were paid on October 1, and for this reason Bavo is often shown holding a purse or money bag.

According to Rodulfus Glaber, the city of Bamberg is named after him, with Bamberg meaning 'Mount of Bavo'.

His feast day in the Orthodox Church is October 1.

Several churches are dedicated to him, including:

Saint Bavo Cathedral, in Ghent

Sint-Bavokerk and Cathedral of Saint Bavo, both in Haarlem

Sint-Bavokerk in Heemstede and Lauwe

Saint Bavo Church and School, in Mishawaka, Indiana

Sint-Bavokerk in Wilrijk

His picture is also part of the Coat of Arms of the Antwerp suburb Wilrijk.

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Wikipedia Entry Bavo of Ghent (Retrieved 1-22-2009) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Bavo

Saint Bavo of Ghent, (also known as Bavon, Allowin, and Baaf), (589 – 654) is a Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox saint.

Life

Bavo was born near Liège, Belgium, to a Frankish noble family that gave him the name Allowin. His father was Pippin of Landen, the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia.

Wild as a youth and selfish, he was known to have sold servants to local nobles as slaves. He contracted a beneficial marriage, and had a daughter through it. He however led an undisciplined and disorderly life. Shortly after the death of his wife, Bavo decided to reform himself. Bavo was converted to Christianity upon hearing a sermon preached by Saint Amand. Bavo traveled with Amand for some time in his missionary work through France and Flanders. On one occasion, Bavo met a man whom he had sold years before. Wishing to atone for this earlier conduct, Bavo had the man lead him by chain to the town jail.

He built an abbey on his grounds and became a monk. He distributed his belongings to the poor and lived as a recluse, first in a hollow tree, later in a cell in the forest near the Abbey. He died at St. Bavo's Abbey in Ghent, in today's Belgium.

Veneration

Bavo is the patron saint of Ghent, Belgium and Haarlem, the Netherlands. He is most often shown in Christian art as a knight with a sword and a falcon. The most popular scene is the moment of his conversion, which has many different stories attached to it. Because he is so often shown with a falcon, he came to be considered the patron saint of falconry. In Ghent, in medieval times, taxes were paid on Oktober 1st, and for this reason Bavo is often shown holding a purse.

According to Rodulfus Glaber, the city of Bamberg is named after him, with Bamberg meaning 'Mount of Bavo'.

His feast day in the Orthodox Church is October 1.

Several churches are dedicated to him, including:

   * Saint Bavo Cathedral, in Ghent
   * Sint-Bavokerk and Cathedral of Saint Bavo, both in Haarlem
   * Sint-Bavokerk in Heemstede
   * Saint Bavo Church and School, in Mishawaka, Indiana

His picture is also part of the Coat of Arms of the Antwerp suburb Wilrijk.

References

   * Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0140513124.
   * Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome

External links

   * (Italian) San Bavone di Gand
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Saint Bavo of Ghent's Timeline

622
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Landen, Flemish Region, Belgium
659
October 1, 659
Age 37
Gent, Vlaams Gewest, België
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