紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Opportuna of Montreuil, Virgin and Abbess
St. Opportuna was from Montreuil, and was a French Benedictine Nun and Abbess. When she was a young girl, Opportuna became a Benedictine Nun at the convent called the Monasteriolum, where her cousin St. Lantildis was Abbess. She took the veil from her brother, St. Chrodegang, the Bishop of Seez. Later, Opportuna became Abbess. She was viewed, as a true mother to all her Nuns, correcting their faults, with words, not blows.
Opportuna’s vita, records that once a peasant stole a donkey from the convent and refused to acknowledge his crime. Opportuna turned the matter over to God, and the next day the farmer’s field was sown with salt. The repentant peasant returned the donkey and gave the Nuns the field.
Opportuna died on April 22, 770. Some legends tell that her death was from a brief illness which was compounded by grief from the death of her brother, Bishop Chrodegang on September 3, 769.
St. Opportuna did not work great miracles in her lifetime, but after death, many miracles were wrought at her tomb. She extended her protection to the community and her Nuns beyond death.
St. Opportuna of Montreuil, pray for us.