September 25 - Saint Cadoc of Llancarvan

Quick Facts
  • Son of Saint Gwynllyw, a king in Wales, a robber chieftain who led a band of 300; his mother, Saint Gladys, had been stolen in a raid on a neighboring chief.
  • Raised by an Irish monk; Cadoc's father had stolen the monk's cow, and when he came to demand its return, the king decided it was sign.
  • Studied in Wales and Ireland.
  • Priest.
  • Once chased through a wood by an armed swineherd from an enemy tribe.His hiding place spooked an old, gray, wild boar that made three great leaps at him - then disappeared; Cadoc took this as a sign, and the location became the site of the great church and monastery at Llancarvan.
  • Legend says he once saved his brother monks in a famine by tying a white thread to the foot of a (well-fed) mouse; he then following the thread to an abandoned, well-stocked, underground granary.
  • Another time he and his brothers went out to meet a band of thieves, chanting and playing harps; it surprised the highwaymen so much, they turned and left.
  • Lived as a hermit with Saint Gildas on the Island of Flatholmes off Vannes, Brittany.
  • Established a monastery on a small island just off Brittany, joined by a stone bridge so local children could walk out for school.
  • Returned to Britain to evangelize, and work with Christian survivors of Saxon raids.