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St. Foillan, an Irish missionary, accompanied his brothers, Sts. Fursey and Ultan, to East Anglia, where the three worked from the monastery of Cnobheresbury (Burgh Castle), which they may have founded. Some say that Fursey alone established it. When he left for Gaul, Foillan became abbot; he and Ultan remained in East Anglia until Penda and his invading army destroyed the monastery. Clovis II received the pair in Gaul, and Gertrude of Nivelles gave Foillan land at Fosses, where he established a monastery and missionary base, from which he evangelized the Brabants. He became spiritual director of Nivelles as well as the monastery at Fosses. Robbers murdered him and his three companions c. 655, as they returned to Fosses after a visit to Nivelles.
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