Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saint Godfrey of Amiens – Saint of the Day – November 8

Saint Godfrey of Amiens Biography

Saint Godfrey of Amiens Profile. Born: 1066 AD in France, Europe. Worked in France. Died: 1115 AD in N/A. Feast Day is celebrated on November 8.

The Memorial of Saint Godfrey of Amiens – Saint of the Day

Saint Godfrey of Amiens 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 1066 AD
Country of Birth France in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Bishops
Profession Missionary
Place of Work France
Date of Death 1115 AD
Place of Death N/A
Feast Day November 8
Beatification Beatified by N/A
Canonization Canonized by Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of

Saint Godfrey of Amiens Biography

Saint Godfrey of Amiens was also known as Gaufrid. He was the son of Frodon, a solid citizen in a small town. He was raised from age 5 in the Benedictine abbey of Mont-Saint-Quentin where his godfather was abbot Godefroid and where he immediately adopted a Benedictine habit living as a tiny monk. Godfrey became a Benedictine monk when he came of age. Later, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Radbod II of Noyon, France.

He served as an abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy, archdiocese of Rheims, Champagne province, France in 1096. When he arrived, the place was overrun by weeds and housed only six nuns and two children. He rebuilt and restored the abbey bringing people to the Order and Order to the people. Godfrey was offered the abbacy of Saint-Remi but refused.

He was also offered the archbishopric of Rheims in 1097 but refused claiming he was unworthy. same as the bishopric of Amiens, France in 1104 considering himself unworthy of the trust. King Philip and the Council of Troyes each ordered him to take it and so he did.

He was recognized for his rigid self-denial, those around him, and in his approach to his mission as bishop. Enforced clerical celibacy. A fierce lifelong opponent of drunkenness and simony, which led to an attempt on his life. For most of his time as bishop, he wished to resign and retire as a Carthusian monk. In 1114 he moved to a monastery, but a few months later his people demanded his return, and he agreed. Took part in the Council of Chálons.

Though popular in life and death, his name did not appear on the calendars until the 16th century.

St. Godfrey of Amiens
St. Godfrey of Amiens