BLESSED GUY (GUIDO) OF VICOGNE +1147
A native of the Brittany region of northwestern France, Guy had already consumed the years of his youth in frivolity and self-gratification when he experienced a profound conversion.
Filled with remorse for his past, he journeyed to the Praemonstratensian monastery of Premontre, where he received spiritual direction from its founder, Saint Norbert. After being ordained a priest by Norbert, Guy withdrew into the forest of Artois to live as a hermit, making a home for himself at the foot of an old tree.
While undertaking a life of solitude, poverty, and restored innocence, Guy exercised his priestly zeal to save souls by preaching.
Ultimately he decided to found a new monastic community, Vicogne, in the diocese of Arras. The monks of Vicogne were to be known for their humility, charity, obedience, silence, patience, and constancy in prayer. In addition to founding two other monasteries and a hospital for the poor, Guy completed two pilgrimages to the Holy Land. It was while setting out to make the third pilgrimage that he fell ill and died in 1147.
“Like the deer that yearns
for running streams,
so my soul is yearning
for you, my God.”