St John of Valence Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date
John of Valence
|Date of Birth||Early 12th Century|
|Country of Birth||France of Europe|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Saints who were Monks|
|Place of Work||Monk|
|Date of Death||1146 AD|
|Place of Death||France|
|Feast Day||March 21, April 26|
|Beatification||Beatified by Pope Pius X (cultus confirmed) in 1901|
|Canonization||Canonized by N/A|
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St John of Valence Biography
Blessed John of Valence was born at Canon at Lyons, France. A Pilgrim to Compostela, Spain. He was a Benedictine Cistercian monk at Clairvaux Abbey under Saint Bernard. He established the Cistercian Bonneval Abbey in 1117 AD, and later served as the head of the monks. John later became the Bishop of Valence, France in 1141 AD. He felt so unworthy of the position that he had to be physically carried to the altar to be consecrated.
He fought for his flock not just in matters spiritual but for farmers, merchants and the impoverished who were all ruined by debt during a regional financial crisis.