St. Avitus was a native of Orleans, France. He became a monk, together with St. Calais, in the very small abbey of Menat. The two Saints later returned to the famous abbey of Misey, situated a league and a half below Orleans. It was founded toward the end of the reign of Clovis I. by St. Euspicius, a holy priest, and his nephew St. Maximim or Mesnim, whose name this monastery bears.
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