Monday, February 24, 2020

Saint of the Day – June 26 – Saint Anthelm of Belley

The Feast of Saint Anthelm of Belley

Saint Anthelm of Belley is the Patron Saint of

Saint Anthelm of Belley Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Saint Anthelm of Belley brief life History

Date of Birth 1107 AD
Country of Birth France in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Bishops who became Saints
Profession Bishop of Belley
Place of Work France
Date of Death June 26, 1178
Place of Death Belley, France
Feast Day June 26
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of

Saint Anthelm of Belley Short life History

Saint Anthelm of Belley is also known as
• Anthelm de Chignin
• Anthelme, Anthelmus

• He was born to the nobility.
• He became a Priest.
• He became a provost of a cathedral chapter.
• He got caught up in Church politics, and sought ecclesiastical positions to increase his power and authority rather than ability to serve. A visit to the Carthusians at Portes changed his view of his vocation, and he felt drawn to the monastic life.
• At age thirty, Anthelm renounced his offices, and retired to the Carthusian monastery. Within two years he was prior of the mother house at Grande Chartreuse; the monastery flourished and increased in both numbers and holiness.
• During the Schism of 1158 he supported Pope Alexander II, earning him the enmity of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.
• He became the Bishop of Belley, France; he was so beloved that the town was briefly known as Anthelmopolis.
• Several years later, Anthelm retired to solitude at Portes. Within months he was asked to serve as prior of the community there. Two years later Anthelm retired to Grande Chartreuse, but was recalled to help mend a schism between King Henry II and Thomas a Becket in England.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Saint Anthelm of Belley's feast has been celebrated by the Carthusians since 1607. His relics were enshrined in Belley. In art, Anthelm is depicted holding a lamp lit by a divine hand.