Raoul De St Trond
Raoul de St. Trond a Belgian monastic, was born at Moutier-sur-Sambre, in the diocese of Liege, studied at Liege, and then entered the Benedictine order at Aix-la- Chapelle. He was there made sacristan, master of a school, and grand provost. He was a very devout man; and, dissatisfied with the lax condition of the monastery at Aix, he left for St. Trond, where, after two years, he was made prior, and introduced the reforms of the Clugniacs. In 1108 he was elected abbot, and took part in the quarrel for the pope which agitated the Liege diocese and resulted in its division. He went twice to Rome, where he was warmly received and had much influence. He died March 6, 1138. He wrote: Gesta Abbatunm Tirudonensium Ord. Smancti Benedicti, in D'Achery's Spicilegiutz, 7:344 sq.: — De Susceptione Puerorum in Monasteriis, in Mabillon's Analectau: — Contra Simoniacos, Lib. VII, which is still in MS. See Gallia Christiana, 3:958-960; Ceillier, Hist. des Aut. Ecclesiastes 22:68. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.