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Saint Hugh of Grenoble

Memorial 1 April

Profile Son of a soldier named Odilo, a man known for his Christian life, and who later became a Cistercian monk; his mother was known for her life of prayer and alms-giving. Uncle of Saint Hugh of Bonnevaux. Exceptionally good student as a child. Canon in the cathedral of Valence, France at age 25. Bishop of Grenoble, France in 1080 at age 27, consecreated by Pope Gregory VII. He returned to Grenoble as a reformer, but after two years, convinced that he had not improved the lives or the holiness of his clergy, he resigned and retired to become a Benedictine monk at Chaise-Dieu in Auvergne, France; after a year of this, Pope Gregory ordered him back to Grenoble.

This time his work and his example paid off - large crowds attended his preaching, his clergy brought new zeal to their ministry, the poor were cared for, and religious life had a new start in his diocese. Gave land to Saint Bruno for La Grande Chartruse abbey and helped him found the Carthusians. Gave both his mother and his 100 year old father their Last Rites.

Born 1053 at Chateauneuf, Dauphiné, France

Died 1 April 1132 of natural causes

Canonized 1134 by Pope Innocent II


Saint Hugh of Lincoln

Also known as Hugh of Avalon ,Hugh of Burgundy

Memorial 17 November

Profile Son of William, Lord of Avalon. His mother Anna died when he was eight, and he was raised and educated at a convent at Villard-Benoit. Monk at 15. Deacon at 19. Prior of a monastery at Saint-Maxim. Joined the Carthusians in 1160. Ordained in 1165. In 1175 he became abbot of the first English Carthusian monastery, which was built by King Henry II as part of his penance for the murder of Thomas Becket. His reputation for holiness spread through England, and attracted many to the monastery. He admonished Henry for keeping dioceses vacant in order to keep their income for the throne. He resisted the appointment, but was made bishop of Lincoln on 21 September 1181. Restored clerical discipline in his see. Rebuilt the Lincoln cathedral, destroyed by earthquake in 1185. Denounced the mass persecution of Jews in England in 1190-91, repeatedly facing down armed mobs, making them release their victims.

Diplomat to France for King John in 1199, a trip that ruined his health. While attending a national council in London a few months later, he was stricken with an unnamed ailment, and died two months later. Hugh's primary emblem is a white swan, in reference to the story of the swan of Stowe which had a deep and lasting friendship for the saint, even guarding him while he slept.

Born 1135 at Avalon Castle, Burgundy, France

Died 16 November 1200 at London, England of natural causes buried in the Lincoln Cathedral

Canonized 18 February 1220 by Pope Honorius III first canonized Carthusian

Patronage sick children ,sick people, swans

Representation chalice, swan ,bishop with a swan, Carthusian with a swan, Carthusian surrounded by seven stars ,man with a swan at his death bed ,bearded bishop giving a blessing helping to build the Lincoln Cathedral ,raising a dead child to life

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