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Story of St. Hubert

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Hubert, the oldest son of the Duke of Aquitaine, was born about the
year 656 in what is today called France. As a youth, Hubert was handsome and strong. Since battles were fought by use of bow and arrow, he soon learned the archer's art. Riding and hunting, especially stag and deer chasing, occupied most of his time. Because of his charming manner and love of pleasure, Hubert held a prominent position among the courtiers and seemed to have given himself up entirely to the pomp and vanities of the world. His mother, a devout woman, prayed for him constantly.

At the age of 26, Hubert married Floribonne, the daughter of the Count of Louvain. She made Hubert conscious of his duties to God and Church. By her example, he began to change, losing many of his worldly habits. After a little more than a year of marriage and the birth of a fine son, his wife took ill and soon died. Hubert was filled with great melancholy and soon forgot his promise to be a faithful son of the Church.

On Good Friday, Hubert rode out of the castle, alone, with bow and arrow to try to lose his sorrow in the wild excitement of the chase. At that very hour the faithful were gathering for the Way of the Cross, and though invited by the Chaplain to join them, Hubert preferred to go hunting. After more than an hour, a stately stag with antlers high came toward him. Hubert prepared for the kill, but as he looked again at the fearless animal, he saw a radiant crucifix between the antlers. As Hubert stared in amazement, a voice broke through the solemn silence and told Hubert to turn his life over to God. Hubert dismounted, knelt on the ground, and followed the Lord's command. He gave his birthright to his brother and made him guardian of his son. Hubert became a priest, and eventually was consecrated a bishop. He prayed and fasted, preached eloquently, and converted thousands to the faith, often attracting them by his expertise with the bow and arrow.

One day in the year 726, while at prayer, Hubert was given a vision of his death and his place in heaven. Happily he waited and, after a few days, he became ill and died with the words of the "Our Father" on his lips.

St. Hubert was honored during the Middle Ages as the Patron Saint of Hunters and is still known today as the "Archer Saint". His feast is observed on November 3.

Just as St. Hubert heard the Lord's call and followed him, so we hope that with the strong foundation of a St. Hubert education, students will recognize their true potential to become young women of faith and integrity. The conversion of St. Hubert can be compared to the conversion of a St. Hubert student as she advances herself academically, socially, and spiritually throughout her high school years.

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