Bertulphus Saint

Bertulphus Saint third abbot of Bobbio, in Italy, sprang from a good family in France. He lived for Some time at the court, from which life he was withdrawn by the example of his relative St. Arnoldus of Metz. He retired to Arnoldus at Metz, and after undergoing with him a course of discipline for some time, entered the monastery of Luxeuil about 620, under the abbot Eustasius. Here he attracted the attention of St. Attalus, abbot of Bobbio, who requested the privilege of taking Bertulphus into Italy. . This was granted.; and about 624 Bertulphus was removed to Bobbio, and upon the death of St. Attalus was elected abbot. In 627 Probus, or Proculus, bishop of Tortona, endeavored to submit the abbey of Bobbio to himself; but Anowaldus, king of the Lombards, had such veneration for the abbot of Bobbio that he refused to meddle in the question, and suffered the latter to make his appeal to Rome. Pope Honorius exempted the abbey of Bobbio from all episcopal jurisdiction, and made it dependent solely on the holy see. Bertulphus lived twelve years after his return from Rome; and having governed his monastery thirteen years, died August 19, 640, or 641. Neither the ancient martyrologies nor the modern Roman ones make mention of him; in the Benedictines' his festival is marked August 19.

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