Amadeus (2)

Amadeus bishop OF LAUSANNE, was born at Cote-Saint-Andre, a little village in Dauphine. His father, Amadeus was a relative of the emperor Henry V, and became a Cistercian monk in 1119; his son entered the same order at Clairvaux, where he studied under St. Bernard. In 1139 he was appointed abbot of the Cistercian monastery at Hautecombe (Altacumba), near Genoa. Under his guidance the monastery profited greatly and was in a very flourishing condition. After the deposition of bishop Guido I of Lausanne, Amadeus was elected in 1144 to the see as the twenty-third bishop of Lausanne, and was consecrated Jan. 21, 1145, The rights and privileges of his bishopric and Church he defended against all opponents, especially against the count of Geneva, the protector of Lausanne, who was finally deposed. The emperor, Conrad III, confirmed all the rights and privileges of the Church of Lausanne, and the emperor Frederick I esteemed Amadeus highly. He ruled his Church until his death in 1158. He is the author of some homilies, written in honor of the Virgin Mary, which were edited by Sopherus (Basle, 1517), and are contained in Bibl. Patrum (printed by P. Gibbon, Antwerp, 1603). Amadeus is among the saints of the Order of Citeaux. See Gallia Christiana, 15, 346-348; Manriquez, Annales Cisterc. ad Annum 1158, c. 5; Schmid, in Wetzer u. Welte's Kirchen-Lexikon, s.v. (B. P.)

 
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