Gérard of Brogne
|Saint Gérard of Brogne|
Statue of Saint Gerard, behind which stands the church of Saint-Gérard.
|Died||October 3, 959|
|Roman Catholic Church|
|Major shrine||Saint-Gérard, Namur|
Saint Gérard (in Walloon Sint-Djuråd) (c. 895 – October 3, 959) was an abbot of Brogne. A native of Staves (Namur), he was a member of the family of dukes of Lower Austrasia. Originally a soldier, he rebuilt a family chapel into a large church and later became a monk at Saint-Denis. He was then ordained priest. He returned to Brogne, where he fought the laxity of clerics there and replaced them with monks. He retired to a cell near the monastery for mortification.
The Archbishop of Cambrai asked him to reform the community of Saint-Ghislain in Hainault. He replaced the canons with monks. He eventually became head of 18 other abbeys in the region of present-day Belgium. When he reformed the Abbey of Saint Bertin in 944, dissident monks fled to King Edmund I of England. At the end of his life, he retired again to Brogne.