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Sulpicius

(d. 647)


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(d. 647),

bishop of Bourges. Sulpicius, later called Pius, came from a wealthy family, renounced marriage, and devoted himself from youth to good works. As bishop, he won great popular support for defending his people against tyranny as well as for his care of the poor and afflicted. He attended the council of Clichy in 627; towards the end of his life he obtained the appointment of another bishop to take his place. His death and funeral were remarkable for extraordinary manifestation of popular distress and sympathy. This is the saint who was the patron of the Paris seminary of that name which was famous for the piety and learning of many of its priests. Sulpicius has sometimes been confused with Sulpicius Severus, biographer of Martin, who had died long before Sulpicius of Bourges was born. Feast: 17 January.

AA.SS. Ian. II (1643), 165–76, 967–9;critical edn. of the near-contemporary Life by B. Krusch in M.G.H., Scriptores rerum merov., iv (1902), 364–80;L. Duchesne, Fastes episcopaux de l'ancienne Gaule, II, 28–9.

Subjects: Christianity.


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