Hugo (St) of Grenoble

Hugo (St.) of Grenoble was born at Chateauneuf in the Dauphiny, and became a priest at Valence. In 1080 he was appointed bishop of Grenoble, but he only accepted the position after considerable hesitancy, and even left the bishopric some time after, and retired to the abbey of Chaise-Dieu, in Clermont, as a Benedictine monk. By order of pope Gregory VII, however, he returned again to Grenoble. He died there April 1,1139. He was declared saint two years after by pope Innocent II. Hugo was a very pious man, and especially rigid in the enforcement of the vow of celibacy. During fifty three years, spent in the active duties of his bishopric, it is said he never saw the face of a woman except that of one aged mendicant. See Real-Encyklop. f. d. Kathol. Deutschl. 5, 530 sq.; Lea, History of Sacerdotal Celibacy, p. 238.

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