Bl. Amadeus of Lausanne
January 28, Blessed


Beatification date:  December 9, 1903 by Pope Pius X.


Born 1110 in the castle of Chatte, Dauphine, France. Son of Blessed Amadeus of Clermont. Member of the royal family of Franconia. Educated at the monasteries at Bonnevaux and Cluny in France.

Courtier in the household of King Henry V of Savoy and Burgundy. Cistercian monk at Clairvaux Abbey in 1124 under the direction of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Abbot of Ilautecombe abbey, Savoy in 1139. Though he protested his inadequacy, he was chosen bishop of Lausanne, Switzerland in 1144. He worked for reform in the violent, disturbed diocese, both in the clergy and laity.

Co-regent for and teacher of Duke Blessed Humbert of Savoy. Chancellor of Burgundy, appointed by Frederick Barbarossa. Several of his homilies have survived to today.

He died August 27, 1159 of natural causes and was interred in the cathedral of Lausanne, Switzerland. His tomb and relics rediscovered in the cathedral in 1911.


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