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St. Hugh of Grenoble

Saint Hugh of Grenoble

Bishop & Confessor

Hugh was born to devout parents in southeastern France in the year of Our Lord 1053. His wisdom and piety were such that, while still a layman, and under the age of thirty, Hugh was chosen to become the new bishop of Grenoble, a diocese in desperate need of reform. He travelled to Rome to be consecrated by Pope St. Gregory VII himself. Grenoble was in such a poor state that after two years Hugh had made almost no progress, and he resigned to seek solace in a Benedictine monastery until Pope Gregory ordered him to return. Hugh resumed his efforts with far more success, and led his flock for the next several decades. In 1084 Hugh granted a tract of wilderness in the Chartreuse Mountains to St. Bruno of Cologne and his companions, where they founded the Order of Carthusians. St. Bruno often had to order Hugh to return to his diocese when he spent too long visiting the monastery. Hugh died in the year of Our Lord 1132, and was canonized just two years later. He is a patron against headaches, from which he suffered almost continuously for decades. The Carthusians celebrate his feast on April 22nd.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for April 1st

AT Rome, the passion of St. Theodora, sister of the illustrious martyr Hermes, who underwent martyrdom in the time of the emperor Adrian, under the judge Aurelian, and was buried by the side of her brother, on the Salarian road, a short distance from the city.

The same day, St. Venantius, bishop and martyr.

In Egypt, the holy martyrs Victor and Stephen.

In Armenia, the holy martyrs Quinctian and Irenaeus.

At Constantinople, under the emperor Leo, St. Macarius, confessor, who ended his life in exile for the defence of the honor paid to sacred images.

At Grenoble, the bishop St. Hugh, who spent many years of his life in solitude, and departed for heaven, with a reputation for miracles.

At Amiens, the abbot St. Valery, whose tomb is made illustrious by frequent miracles.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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