Apostle of Hasbein in Brabant; d. 698 (693)
Trudo (TRON, TROND, TRU DON, TRUTJEN, Tau-YEN), Saint, Apostle of Hasbein in Brabant; d. 698 (693). Feast November 23 He was the son of Blessed Adela of the family of the dukes of Austrasia. Devoted from his earliest youth to the service of God, Trudo came to St. Remaclus, Bishop of Liege (Acta SS., I September, 678) and was sent by him to Chlodulph, Bishop of Metz. Here he received his education at the Church of St. Stephen, to which he always showed a strong affection and donated his later foundation. After his ordination he returned to his native district, preached the Gospel, and built a church at Sarchiniurri, on the River Cylindria. It was blessed about 656 by St. Theodard, Bishop of Liege, in honor of Sts. Quintinus and Remigius. Disciples gathered about him and in course of time the abbey arose. The convent for women, established by him at Odeghem near Bruges, later also bore his name ("Gallia Christiana", Paris, 1887, V, 281). After death he was buried in the church erected by himself. A translation of his relics, together with those of St. Eucherius, Bishop of Orleans, who had died there in exile in 743, was made in 880 by Bishop Franco of Liege. On account of the threatened inroads of the Normans the relics were later hidden in a subterranean crypt. After the great conflagration of 1085 they were lost, but again discovered in 1169, and on August 11 of that year an official recognition and translation was made by Bishop Rudolph III. On account of these translations the dates 5 and August 12 and 1 and September 2 are noted in the martyrologies. The "Analecta Bollandiana" (V, 305) give an old office of the saint in verse. The life was written by Donatus, a deacon of Metz, at the order of his bishop, Angibram (769-91). It was rewritten by Theodoric, Abbot of St-Trond (d. 1107).