AMANDUS (Saint) Bishop (February 6) (7th century) Born near Nantes in the West of France, he embraced the monastic life in the Abbey of Saint Martin at Tours and, at the request of King Clothaire II, undertook missionary work in Flanders, Brabant and Holland. For this purpose he was consecrated a Missionary Bishop, and in the year 649 was called to govern the See of Maestricht. He founded a great number of churches and monasteries, besides effecting innumerable conversions to Christianity. In his declining years he retired to the Abbey of Elnon, where he passed away in his ninetieth year (A.D. 684). He is the Patron Saint of Flanders and is represented in art carrying a church in his hand.