Alternative Saint Of The Day


Saint Drogo was a child of Flemish nobility. His mother died when he was born and when, at age ten, he learned the reason for her death, he held himself responsible. Later in his life, he underwent extreme penances, perhaps to relieve his guilt.

At age eighteen, he rid himself of all his property and became a penitential pilgrim. As a pilgrim, he travelled to Rome about nine or ten times. He became a shepherd for about six years, working in Sebourg, near Valenciennes, where he worked for a woman named Elizabeth de l'Haire.

Reportedly, Drogo was able to bilocate, to maintain his actual presence in two totally different places at the same time. Witnesses claimed to have seen Drogo working in fields whilst, simultaneously, going to Mass every Sunday.

During a pilgrimage, he was stricken with an unsightly bodily affliction. He became so terribly deformed that he frightened the townspeople. In his twenties, a cell was built for him to protect the local citizens of the village from his appearance. Since he was so holy, his cell was built attached to his church. Saint Drogo stayed in his cell without any human contact, except for a small window in which he received the Eucharist and obtained his food. He stayed there for the rest of his life, about forty more years, surviving only on barley, water, and the Holy Eucharist.

Along with many other concerns, he is the patron saint of coffee house owners, sheep and unattractive people.

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