Aldricus, St

Aldricus, St.

(or, in France, St. Audry), a French prelate, was born in the Pays du'Gatinais in A.D. 775. Although brought up in luxury, he early began to practice abstinence and every kind of austerity, subsequently taking the vows of the Monastery of Ferribres, then called Bethlehem. He was ordained deacon in 818. His reputation for piety attracted the notice of Jeremiah, bishop of Sens, who ordained him priest in .820, and also that of Louis le .Dbonnaire, who made him preceptor of his palace. He afterwards became abbot of Ferrieres and bishop of Sens in 828, and the following year assisted at the Council of Paris, where he had charge, together with Ebbon of Rheims, of reforming the Monastery of St. Denis. During the revolt of Lothaire, the archbishop of Sens remained faithful to his sovereign. In 834, at the Council of Thionville, he was one of the prelates who annulled' the acts of the rebels. He died Oct. 10, 840, and, according to his own request, his body was first buried in the drain of the Church of Ferrieres, but it was soon removed to a more suitable place. His festival is observed by-the Church of Sens Oct. 10. He wrote, Lettre a Frothaire, Eveque de Toul, in Duchesne, Mabillon, and Labbe. This article, signed by twenty-six prelates, is without date, and is addressed to the bishops of the empire of Lothaire in 833, the period of the deposition of Louis le Ddbonnaire.' His Life, written by a monk of the Abbey of Ferrieres, is given by Mabillon.-Landon, Eccles. Dict. s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v. SEE ALDRIC.

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