Statue of Saint Clodoald in St. Cloud Hospital
|Abbot and Confessor|
|Major shrine||Saint-Cloud, France|
|Attributes||a Benedictine abbot giving his hood to a poor man as a ray of light emanates from his head; with royal insignia at his feet or instructing the poor|
|Patronage||against carbuncles; nail makers; Diocese of Saint Cloud, Minnesota|
Saint Clodoald (522 – c. 560), better known as Cloud, was the son of King Chlodomer of Orléans.
Clodoald was raised in Paris by his grandmother, Saint Clotilde. He was one of three brothers, all of whom were targeted for assassination by their uncle, Clotaire I. Clodoald's brothers, Theodoald and Gunther, were killed by Clotaire when they were ten and nine respectively, but Clodoald survived by escaping to Provence.
Visited by many for counsel and healing, Clodoald in effect gained nothing by keeping himself remote from society. He therefore returned to Paris, where he was received with joy. At the people's request, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Eusebius of Paris in 551, and served the church for some time.
Clodoald established an abbey at a hamlet named Novigentum, on the Seine near Versailles, that is now a collegiate church of canons regular called Saint Cloud wherein his relics are kept. The hamlet hosting his tomb was renamed Saint-Cloud accordingly.
Clodoald's feast day is September 7.
Places named for St. Cloud
- Jones, Terry. "Cloud". Patron Saints Index. Retrieved 2007-03-04.
- Rabenstein, Katherine (November 1998). "Cloud (Clodoald, Clodulphus) of Nogent". Saint of the Day, September 7. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
- Monastère du Magnificat (2006-09-27). "Saint Cloud or Clodoald". Lives of the Saints. Retrieved 2007-03-04.