Arnulphus, St, Bishop of Metz

Arnulphus, ST., Bishop Of Metz.

In 609, at the entreaty of his parents, he married, but in 612 his wife took the veil in the monastery of Treves; and in 614, the bishopric of Metz becoming vacant, the people insisted on having Arnulphus for their bishop. As bishop he managed his diocese with rare excellence, and was made by King Clotaire prime minister of his son Dagobert, whom he had associated with him in the empire. Upon the death of Clotaire, Arnulphus retired into a solitude, where he passed the rest of his life in prayer and mortification, and in every work of charity. He died in 641, and his relics are preserved in the abbey of St. Arnoul de Metz. He is commemorated on the 16th of August.-Baillet, Vies des Saints, Aug. 16; Landon, Eccl. Dictionary, i, 547.

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