AMATUS (AMAT, AME, AIME) Bishop (September 12) (7th century) The son of noble and pious Frankish parents, he resolved to devote his life to the service of God in the priestly ministry. His ability and virtues so impressed the clergy of Sens that, against his will, he was appointed their Bishop. But he had enemies who made false accusations against him to King Thierry III. The latter banished him to the monastery of Saint Fursey at Peronne, and afterwards to Breuil in Flanders, where he died A.D. 690. The church of Saint Ame at Douai possesses a portion of his relics. It appears certain that Saint Amatus died in exile in Flanders as above mentioned; but there is considerable difficulty in reconciling the accounts given of his life. Thus, Alban Butler and others hold that he was Bishop not of Sens in France, but of Sion in the Valais, and that the monastery of his exile was Luxeuil and not Peronne.