Originally, St. Ghislain lived his life as a hermit in a forest of Hainault, Belgium in a forest.  He realized that others were desirous of serving God in this way.  He founded a monastery in honor of Sts. Peter and Paul.  He spent the rest of his life directing those who came to live this life.  As the Abbot for thirty years, he was a model of sanctity and prudence.  He was a bulwark of strength for every member of his community.  He encouraged all who came into contact with him.  He encouraged St. Waldetrudis to found a convent at Mons where his first hermitage was.  Her sister, St. Aldegondis, established a convent at Maubeuge.  After a lifetime of labors in God’s service, he was worn out and died in 680.
FEAST DAY:  October 10