Sulpitius the Pious

Sulpitius The Pious

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Distinguish from Sulpitius I, Bishop of Bourges, called Sulpitius Severus, often wrongly identified with Sulpicius Severus, the historian of St. Martin of Tours.

Sulpitius (Sulpicius) the Pious or the D├ębonnaire was a 7th century bishop of Bourges. Born at Vatan (Diocese of Bourges), of noble parents, before the end of the sixth century, Sulpitius devoted himself from his youth to good works, according to his Vita and to the study of Holy Scripture.

Austregisilus, Bishop of Bourges, ordained him cleric of his church, then deacon, and finally made him director of his episcopal school. Clotaire II, King of the Franks, who had heard his merits spoken of, summoned him and made him chaplain of his armies. But at the death of Bishop Austregisilus (c. 624) he was recalled to Bourges to take his place. Sulpitius thenceforth labored with much zeal and success to re-establish ecclesiastical discipline, for the relief of the poor and the conversion of the Jews.

In 626 Sulpitius assisted at the Council of Clichy and held several others with the bishops of his province, but nothing of them remains. At the request of the same king he consecrated to the See of Cahors his treasurer Didier of Cahors, who was his personal friend, and there are extant three letters which he addressed to him. In the settings of Vita Sulpicii Episcopi BiturgiEdited in B. Krusch, Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores Rerum Merovingicarum vol. IV pp. 364-380; an earlier version was included by...
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