name= Saint Vedast
Roman Catholic Church
caption= "The ordination of Saint Vedast"
attributes=a child at his feet a bear; bishop with a wolf carrying a goose in its mouth
patronage=invoked on behalf of children who walk with difficulty
for diseases of the eyes
diocese of Arras, Boulogne and Saint-Omer,
Saint Vedast or Vedastus, also known as Saint Vaast or Saint Waast (in Dutch) [Other variants include Foster, Gaston, and Vat.] , (died c. 540) was an early bishop in the
At the beginning of the sixth century
Saint Remigius, bishop of Reims, profited by the good will of the Frankish monarchy to organize the Catholic hierarchy in the north of Gaul. He entrusted the diocese of Arrasand diocese of Cambraito Vedast, who had helped with the conversion of the Frankish king Clovisin 496 and been the teacher of Clovis after the victory of Tolbiac.
He died and was buried at Arras, where the well-known
St. Vaast's Abbeywas later founded in his honour. His feast is on 6 February.
Vedast was venerated throughout
Belgiumas well as England(from the 10th century), where he was known as "Saint Foster". The spread of his cult was aided by the presence of Augustiniansfrom Arras in England in the 12th century. Three ancient churches in England (in London, Norwich, and Tathwell) were dedicated to him. [ [http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0206.htm#veda Saint Patrick's Church: Saints of February 6 ] ]
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15248a.htm Vedast]
* [http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0206.htm#veda Saints of February 6:Vedast]
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