Gerard (Saint) of Toul
Gerard (Saint) Of Toul was born in 935, of a patrician family. While very young he entered the chapter of St. Peter of Cologne, his native city, in order to pursue his studies, and at the age of twenty-eight was promoted to the episcopal see of Toul. Consecrated at Treves in 968, and enthroned the same year, he led an upright, charitable, and studious life, and devoted himself very closely to the instruction. of the numerous pupils under his care. He labored throughout his diocese, scattering the word of God, and aiding those of his subjects who were impoverished by war or pestilence. He spent as little time as possible at the imperial court, notwithstanding the wish of Otho II to the contrary. He visited Rome, and in company with twelve persons who travelled on foot in procession, went from Toul to the tomb of the apostles Peter and Paul, the principal object of their devotion. On his return to Rome he found the nobility had risen up against the episcopal power, which he had committed to the hands of his brother. Gerard died April 22, 994, was canonized fifty-seven years afterwards, and pope Leo IX, October 22, 1051, removed his remains. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.