Sunday, July 12, 2020

Saint Gerard of Toul – Saint of the Day – April 23

St. Gerard of Toul Biography

St. Gerard of Toul Profile. Born: 935 in Germany, Europe. Worked in Germany, France. Died: April 23 994 in France. Feast Day is celebrated on April 23.

The Memorial of St. Gerard of Toul – Saint of the Day

St. Gerard of Toul Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 935
Country of Birth Germany in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Priests
Profession Priest
Place of Work Germany, France
Date of Death April 23 994
Place of Death France
Feast Day April 2
Canonization Canonized by Pope Leo IX in 1050
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Saint Gerard of Toul
Saint Gerard of Toul

Saint’s Biography

Saint Gerard of Toul was born in 935 in Cologne in Germany.Gerhard came from a very wealthy noble family led by his father Ingranne. Gerhard received a good education at the Cathedral School at St Peter’s Cathedral in his hometown.

Ordained a priest but after his mother’s death killed by a lightning strike, he devoted his life of prayer and penance and was sure her death was a punishment for his sins.3 423 of natural causes and buried in the Church of Saint Nazarius and Celsus in Milan, Italy.

Gerhard became a canon at the cathedral and lived a half-monastic life with the cannons of St Peter, and he was the Communist basement. But his reputation for piety soon reached the ears of Holy Archbishop Bruno I the Great of Cologne (925-65) and appointed him as bishop of Toul, France on March 3 963. He was the 33rd Bishop of Toul in Lorraine (963-94), just 28 years old.


One of Gerhard’s goals was to make Toul a center of learning, and in 974 all the monastery of the diocese was recommended in his custody of Emperor Otto II (973-83)

Gerhard’s Achievements

Gerhard founded the great hospital in Toul. He also founded monasteries with monastic schools in the diocese, and he invited scholars from all over Europe to study and teach in Toul, especially Greeks and Irish.

The Greek monks established schools in their language, and these were useful and remarkable. The Irish monks also taught science, through the great encouragement given by the bishops Gosselin and Gerhard. Toul became one of the most flourishing provinces of the Church for learning and piety.

Under Gerhard’s rule, the poor were immune to their master’s harassment, and they saw him as a powerful protector in him. His righteous and firm conduct against everyone promptly hated him by the nobility of the country, who had become accustomed to never being stopped by anyone in their tyrannical demands. 

Two gentlemen among the rich and powerful spread slander and trying to stir up people by insinuating that the bishop, under the pretext of charity, had no purpose other than depriving them of their possessions. Since Gerhard was silent, they tried to explain to the people that his silence was proof of what they claimed. 

Gerhard took action and caused irreparable accidents and scandals. So, Gerhard, excommunicated, in front of the people and the clergy, Oldéric and Richard. He escapes many attempts on his life.


Gerhard also rebuilt many churches, especially the Saint-Étienne cathedral in Toul in 981, but the present structure was erected only in 1447. He extended the ancient monastery of Saint-Evre, which had been founded by the Holy Bishop Aprus of Toul (500-07).


He died on April 23 994 in Toul, France