Benildus Romançon

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St. Benildus Romançon, F.S.C.
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Religious and educator
Born June 13, 1805
Thuret, Puy-de-Dôme, France
Died August 13, 1862(1862-08-13) (aged 57)
Saugues, Haute-Loire, France
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
(Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools)
Beatified 4 April 1948, Vatican City, by Pope Pius XII
Canonized 29 October 1967, Vatican City, by Pope Paul VI
Major shrine Church of Saint-Médard
Saugues, Haute-Loire, France
Feast 13 August
Attributes Man of Sacrifice to God

Benildus Romançon, F.S.C., (French: Bénilde) (1805–1862) was a French schoolteacher and member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools who has been declared a saint by the Catholic Church.


He was born Pierre Romançon on June 13, 1805, in the town of Thuret, Puy-de-Dôme, in France to a farming family. In 1818, Pierre, aged 13, first saw the Christian Brothers in a market at Clermont-Ferrand. He instantly felt a strong desire to become a Religious Brother. Despite the objections of his father, he was enrolled at the Brothers' school at Riom. He was so far ahead of his classmates in elementary school that when he was only 14 years old the Brothers often assigned him as a substitute teacher. When he applied to the novitiate, the Superiors were reluctant to take him in because they felt that he was too short, but they eventually changed their opinion.[1]


Benildus was beatified on April 4, 1948, by Pope Pius XII who mentioned that his sanctification was attained by enduring "the terrible daily grind" and by "doing common things in an uncommon way". He was canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 29, 1967, becoming the first Brother of the Institute to be canonized and the second saint after Jean Baptiste de La Salle. A shrine was built in the parish church in Sauges to honor his remains.[2]

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  1. ^ "Saint Benildus". La Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Saugues (Municipality, Haute-Loire, France)". Flags of the World. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 

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