Roman Catholic Diocese of Limoges
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|Diocese of Limoges
Diocèse de Limoges
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Poitiers|
|Area||11,085 km2 (4,280 sq mi)|
|(as of 2013)
414,000 (est.) (82.1%)
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St. Stephen in Limoges|
|Patron saint||Saint Martial|
|Secular priests||74 (diocesan)
16 (Religious Orders0
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Pascal Wintzer|
|Website of the Diocese|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Limoges (Latin: Dioecesis Lemovicensis; French: Diocèse de Limoges)[pronunciation?] is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in France. The diocese comprises the départments of Haute-Vienne and Creuse. After the Concordat of 1801, the See of Limoges lost twenty-four parishes from the district of Nontron which were annexed to the Diocese of Périgueux, and forty-four from the district of Confolens, transferred to the Diocese of Angoulême; but until 1822 it included the entire ancient Diocese of Tulle, when the latter was reorganized.
Since 2002, the diocese has been suffragan to the Archdiocese of Poitiers, after transferral from the Archdiocese of Bourges. Until 20 September 2016 the see was held by François Michel Pierre Kalist, who was appointed on 25 Mar 2009. He was promoted to the See of Clermont.
- 1 Early History
- 2 Middle Ages
- 3 Early modern period
- 4 Since the separation of churches and state in 1905
- 5 Bishops
- 6 Pilgrimages and Feasts
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 Bibliography
- 10 External links
Saint Gregory of Tours names St. Martial, who founded the Church of Limoges, as one of the seven bishops sent from Rome to Gaul in the middle of the 3rd century. An anonymous life of St. Martial (Vita primitiva), discovered and published by Abbé Arbellot, represents him as sent to Gaul by St. Peter. Controversy has arisen over the date of this biography. The discovery in the library at Karlsruhe of a manuscript copy written at Reichenau by Regimbertus, a monk who died in 846, places the original before that date. The biography is written in rhythmical prose; Charles-Félix Bellet thinks it belongs to the 7th century, while Charles De Smedt and Louis Duchesne maintain that the "Vita primitiva" is much later than Gregory of Tours (died 590). Charles Ferdinand de Lasteyrie du Saillant gives 800 as the date of its origin.
In addition to the manuscript already cited, the Abbey of St. Martial at the beginning of the 11th century possessed a circumstantial life of its patron saint, according to which, and to the cycle of later legends derived from it, St. Martial was one of the seventy-two disciples who witnessed the Passion and Ascension of Christ, was present on the first Pentecost and at the martyrdom of St. Stephen. followed St. Peter to Antioch and to Rome, and was sent to Gaul by the Prince of the Apostles, who assigned Austriclinium and Alpinian to accompany him. The three were welcomed at Tulle and turned away from Ahun. They set out towards Limoges, where St. Martial erected on the site of the present cathedral a shrine in honour of St. Stephen. A pagan priest, Aurelian, wished to throw St. Martial into prison, but was struck dead, then brought to life, baptized, ordained and later consecrated bishop by the saint. Aurelian is the patron of the guild of butchers in Limoges. Forty years after the Ascension, Christ appeared to Martial, and announced to him the approach of death. The churches of Limoges celebrate this event on 16 June. After labouring for twenty-eight years as a missionary in Gaul, the saint died at the age of fifty-nine, surrounded by his converts of Poitou, Berry, Auvergne and Aquitaine.
The writer of this "Life" pretends to be Aurelian, St. Martial's disciple and successor in the See of Limoges. Louis Duchesne thinks it not unlikely that the real authorship of this "apocryphal and lying" work should be attributed to the chronicler Adhémar de Chabannes, noted for his fabrications. M. de Lasteyrie however is of the opinion that the Life was written about 955, before the birth of Adhémar. Be that as it may, this "Vita Aureliana" played an important part at the beginning of the 11th century, when the Abbot Hugh (1019–1025) brought before several councils the question of the Apostolic date of St. Martial's mission. Before the Carolingian period there is no trace of the story that St. Martial was sent to Gaul by St. Peter. It did not spread until the 11th century and was revived in the seventeenth by the Carmelite Bonaventure de Saint-Amable, in his voluminous "Histoire de St. Martial". Duchesne and M. de Lasteyrie assert that it cannot be maintained against the direct testimony of St. Gregory of Tours, who places the origin of the Church of Limoges about the year 250.
The diocese specially honours the following: St. Sylvanus (Silvain), a native of Ahun, martyr; St. Adorator disciple of St. Ambrose, suffered martyrdom at Lubersac; St. Victorianus, an Irish hermit; St. Vaast, a native of the diocese who became Bishop of Arras and baptized king Clovis (5th-6th century); St. Psalmodius, a native of Britain, died a hermit at Eymoutiers; St. Yrieix, d. in 591, chancellor to Theudebert II King of Austrasia and founder of the monastery of Attanum (the towns of Saint-Yrieix are named after him); St. Etienne de Muret (1046–1126), who founded the famous Benedictine abbey of Grandmont.
Councils of Limoges
The Council of Limoges, held in 1031, is noted not only for its decision with regard to St. Martial's mission, but because, at the instigation of Abbot Odolric, it proclaimed the "Truce of God" and threatened with general excommunication those feudal lords who would not swear to maintain it. Another council was held at Limoges by Pope Urban II in December 1095, at which Bishop Humbauld was deposed.
The Cathedral of St-Étienne was served by a Chapter, composed of three dignities (The Dean, The Precentor, and the Archdeacon), and twenty-nine canons. The Dean held a prebend, as did the Precentor. There was only one Archdeacon in the diocese, the Archdeacon of Limoges (sometimes called the Archdeacon of Malemort). The prebends were assigned by the Chapter, except those which belonged ex officio to the Bishop, the Dean, the Precentor, the Abbot of Benevent and the Prior of Aureil. By the seventeenth century the city of Limoges had a population of around 4,000, divided into two parishes; there was one collège (high school). By 1730 the population had risen to 30,000, and there were twelve urban parishes, but still only one college. In the city there were ten religious houses of men and eight monasteries of monks. The entire diocese was divided up into approximately 1,000 parishes, supervised by seventeen Archpriests.
The ecelesiastics who served the crypt of St. Martial organized themselves into a monastery in 848, and built a church beside that of St.-Pierre-du-Sépulchre which overhung the crypt. This new church, which they called St-Sauveur, was demolished in 1021 and replaced in 1028 by a larger edifice in Auvergnat style. Urban II came in person to reconsecrate it in 1095. In the 13th century the chapel of St. Benedict arose beside the old church of St-Pierre-du-Sépulchre. It was also called the church of the Grand Confraternity of St. Martial. The different organizations which were grouped around it, anticipated and solved many important sociological questions.
In the Middle Ages, Limoges comprised two towns: one called the "City", the other the "Chateau" or "Castle". The government of the "Castle" belonged at first to the Abbots of St. Martial who claimed to have received it from king Louis the Pious. Later, the viscounts of Limoges claimed this authority, and constant friction existed until the beginning of the 13th century, when owing to the new communal activity, consuls were appointed, to whose authority the abbots were forced to submit in 1212. After two intervals during which the English kings imposed their rule, king Charles V of France in 1371 united the "Castle" with the royal demesne, and thus ended the political rule of the Abbey of St. Martial. Until the end of the old regime, however, the abbots of St. Martial exercised direct jurisdiction over the Combes quarter of the city.
In 1370 the city was completely sacked by Prince Edward, the Black Prince, causing a diminution in the size of the population of more than 3,000 persons. The city had been handed over to the French in an act of treachery by the Bishop, Jean de Cros, who had been a personal friend and Councillor of the Black Prince, and when the city was taken, the English revenge was all the more vigorous. Bishop de Cros was captured by the English, and the Prince threatened to have the bishop's head cut off. Only the intervention of the Duke of Lancaster saved Bishop le Cros.
Early modern period
It was at the priory of Bourganeuf in this diocese that Pierre d'Aubusson received the Ottoman prince Zizin, son of Sultan Mohammed II of Turkey, after he had been defeated in 1483 by his brother, Bajazet II.
In 1534, Abbot Matthieu Jouviond, finding that the monastic spirit had almost totally died out in the abbey of St. Martial, thought best to change it into a collegiate church, and in 1535 King Francis I and Pope Paul III gave their consent. The Collegiate Church was suppressed in 1791, and early in the 19th century even the buildings had disappeared. In the 13th century, the Abbey of St. Martial possessed the finest library (450 volumes) in France after that of Cluny Abbey (570 volumes). Some have been lost, but 200 of them were bought by Louis XV in 1730, and to-day are part of the collections in the Bibliothèque Nationale at Paris. Most manuscripts, ornamented with beautiful miniatures, were written in the abbey itself. M. Émile Molinier and M. Rupin admit a relation between these miniatures of St. Martial and the earliest Limoges enamels, but M. de Lasteyrie disputes this theory. The Franciscans settled at Limoges in 1223. According to the chronicle of Pierre Coral, rector of St. Martin of Limoges, St. Anthony of Padua established a convent there in 1226 and departed in the first months of 1227. On the night of Holy Thursday, it is said, he was preaching in the church of St. Pierre du Queyroix, when he stopped for a moment and remained silent. At the same instant he appeared in the choir of the Franciscan monastery and read a lesson. It was doubtlessly at Châteauneuf in the territory of Limoges that took place the celebrated apparition of the Infant Jesus to St. Anthony.
Mention must also be made of the following natives of Limoges: Bernard Guidonis (1261–1313), born at La Roche d'Abeille, Bishop of Lodève and a celebrated canonist; the Aubusson family, one of whom, Pierre d'Aubusson (1483–1503), was Grand Master of the Order of Jerusalem and one of the defenders of Rhodes against the Ottomans; Marc Antoine Muret, called the "Orator of the Popes" (1526–1596). Three popes came from the Diocese of Limoges: Pierre Roger, born at Maumont (today part of the commune of Rosiers-d'Égletons), elected pope in 1342 as Clement VI, died in 1352; Etienne Albert, or Étienne d'Albret, born at Monts, elevated to the papacy in 1352 as Innocent VI, died in 1362. Pierre Roger de Beaufort, nephew of Clement VI, also born at Maumont, reigned as Gregory XI from 1371 till 1378. Maurice Bourdin, Archbishop of Braga (Portugal), antipope for a brief space in 1118, under the name of Gregory VIII, also belonged to this diocese. St. Peter Damian came to Limoges in 1062 as papal legate, to compel the monks to accept the supremacy of the Order of Cluny.
One of the best things that happened to Limoges before the Revolution was the appointment of Anne Robert Jacques Turgot as Intendant of the genéralité of Limoges (1761–1774). He managed to get a major reduction in the tax burden of the province, had a new survey completed which made possible a more just imposition of taxes, and replaced the corvée (compulsory labor) with a tax which was used to hire professional road builders, thereby greatly improving communications in the area. In the famine of 1770-1771, he required land owners to relieve the want of the poor. On 10 February 1770, he issued the "Lettre-circulaire aux curés", in which he advised the clergy on the steps which had to be taken to form local charity bureaus. He placed the Bishop of Limoges, Louis-Charles du Plessis d'Argentré, at the head of the bureau of charity in his episcopal city. The bishop and Turgot had been fellow students at the Sorbonne and were friends. Turgot also promoted the growing of the potato, the use of the spinning wheel, and the manufacture of porcelain.
Since the separation of churches and state in 1905
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Before the 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and the State, there were in the diocese of Limoges Jesuits, Franciscans, Marists, Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Sulpicians. The principal congregations of women which originated here are the Sisters of the Incarnation founded in 1639, contemplatives and teachers, who were restored in 1807 at Azerables, and have houses in Texas and Mexico. The Sisters of St. Alexis, nursing sisters, founded at Limoges in 1659. The Sisters of St. Joseph, founded at Dorat in February, 1841, by Elizabeth Dupleix, who had visited the prisons at Lyons with other pious women since 1805. The Congregation of Our Saviour and the Congregation of the Blessed Virgin, a nursing and teaching congregation founded at la Souterraine, in 1835, by Joséphine du Bourg.
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd (also called 'Marie Thérèse nuns'), nursing sisters and teachers, had their mother-house at Limoges.
In 2013 there were 217 female religious and 27 male religious serving in the Diocese of Limoges.
- Saint Martial, 3rd century
- Saint Aurelian, 3rd century
- Adelfius I.
- Dativus 4th century
- Adelfius II. 4th century
- Exuperius 4th century
- Astidius 4th century
- Peter du Palais 506
- Ruricius 507
- Ruricius II 535-553
- Exochius 6th century
- Ferreolus 575-597
- Asclepius 613
- Saint Loup 614-631
- Simplicius 7th century
- Felix ca. 650
- Adelfius III.
- Rusticus 669
- Hergenobert 7th century
- Ermenon 8th century
- Salutaris 8th century
- Saint Sacerdos 720
- Ausuindus 8th century
- Saint Cessadre 732
- Rorice III. 8th century
- Ebulus I. 752-768
- Asclepius ca. 793
- Reginbert 817
- Odoacre 821-843
- Stodilus 850-861
- Aldo 866
- Geilo 869
- Anselm 869-896
- Turpin D’Aubusson 905-944
- Ebalus II. 958-963
- Hildegaire 977-990
- Alduin 990-1012
1000 to 1300
- Géraud I 1012-1020
- Jourdain de Laront 1029-1051
- Itier Chabot 1052-1073
- Guy de Laront 1076-1086
- Humbauld de Saint-Sèvère 1087-1095
- Guillaume D'Uriel 1098-1100
- Pierre Viroald 1100-1105
- Eustorge 1106-1137
- Gérald II du Cher 1142-1177
- Sébrand Chabot 1179-1198
- Jean de Veyrac 1198-1218
- Bernard de Savène 1219-1226
- Guy de Cluzel 1226-1235
- [Guillaume du Puy] 1235
- Durand 1240-1245
- Aymeric de La Serre 1246-1272
- Gilbert de Malemort 1275-1294
- Raynaud de La Porte 1294-1316
1300 to 1500
- Gérard Roger 1317-1324
- Hélie de Talleyrand 1324-1328
- Blessed Roger le Fort 1328-1343
- Nicolas de Besse 1343-1344 (never consecrated)
- Guy de Comborn 1346-1347
- Jean de Cros 1347-1371
- Aymeric Chati de L’Age-au-Chapt 1371-1390
- Bernard de Bonneval 1391-1403 (Avignon Obedience)
- Hugues de Magnac 1403-1412
- Ramnulfe de Peyrusse des Cars 1414-1426
- Hugues de Rouffignac 1426-1427
- Pierre de Montbrun 1427-1456
- Jean de Barthon I.  1457-1484
- Jean de Barthon II. 1484-1510
1500 to 1800
- René de Prie 1514-1516
- Philippe de Montmorency 1517-1519
- Charles de Villiers de L`Isle-Adam 1522-1530
- Antoine de Lascaris 1530-1532
- Jean de Langeac 1533-1541
- Jean du Bellay 1541-1544
- Antoine Senguin 1546-1550
- César des Bourguignons 1555-1558
- Sébastien de L'Aubespine 1558-1582
- Henri de La Marthonie 1587-1618
- Raymond de La Marthonie 1618-1627
- François de Lafayette 1628-1676
- Louis de Lascaris D'Urfé 1676-1695
- François de Carbonel de Canisy 1695-1706, † 1723
- Antoine de Charpin de Genetines (13 Sep 1706 Appointed - 1729 Resigned. 21 Jun 1739 Died)
- Charles de la Roche Aymon (Auxiliary Bishop : 1725–1729)
- Marie-Jean-Philippe Dubourg (29 Apr 1802 Appointed - 31 Jan 1822 Died)
- Jean-Paul-Gaston de Pins (1822-1824)
- Prosper de Tournefort (13 Oct 1824 Appointed - 7 Mar 1844 Died)
- Bernard Buissas (21 Apr 1844 Appointed - 24 Dec 1856 Died)
- Florian-Jules-Félix Desprez (4 Feb 1857 Appointed - 30 Jul 1859 Appointed, Archbishop of Toulouse)
- Relix-Pierre Fruchaud (1859-1871)
- Alfred Duquesnay (16 Oct 1871 Appointed - 17 Feb 1881 Appointed Archbishop of Cambrai)
- Pierre Henri Lamazou (17 Feb 1881 Appointed - 3 Jul 1883 Appointed Bishop of Amiens)
- François-Benjamin-Joseph Blanger (3 Jul 1883 Appointed - 11 Dec 1887 Died)
- Firmin-Léon-Joseph Renouard (28 Feb 1888 Appointed - 30 Nov 1913 Died)
- Hector-Raphaël Quilliet (24 Dec 1913 Appointed - 18 Jun 1920 Appointed Bishop of Lille)
- Alfred Flocard (16 Dec 1920 Appointed - 3 Mar 1938 Died)
- Louis-Paul Rastouil (21 Oct 1938 Appointed - 7 Apr 1966 Died)
- Henri Gufflet † (7 Apr 1966 Succeeded - 13 Jul 1988 Retired)
- Léon-Raymond Soulier (13 Jul 1988 Succeeded - 24 Oct 2000 Retired – 25 December 2016 Died)
- Christophe Dufour (24 Oct 2000 Appointed - 20 May 2008)
- François Michel Pierre Kalist (17 May 2009 - )
Pilgrimages and Feasts
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In 994, when the district was devastated by a plague (mal des ardents), the epidemic ceased immediately after a procession ordered by Bishop Hilduin on the Mont de la Joie, which overlooks the city. The Church of Limoges celebrates this event on 12 November.
The principal pilgrimages of the diocese are those of: Saint Valtéric at Saint-Vaubry (6th century); Our Lady of Sauvagnac at Saint-Léger-la-Montagne (12th century); Notre-Dame-du-Pont, near Saint-Junien (14th century), twice visited by Louis XI; NotreDame-d'Arliguet, at Aixe-sur-Vienne (end of the 16th century); Notre-Dame-des-Places, at Crozant (since 1664).
- David M. Cheney, Catholic-Hierarchy: Diocese of Limoges. Retrieved: 2016-05-31.
- Duchesne, pp. 104-117, especially p. 115, where he calls Adhemar '"champion fougeux et peu scrupuleux de cette innovation", and calls his narration of the Council of Limoges in 1031 "plus ou moins imaginaire."
- Louis Guibert (1877). Une page de l'histoire du clergé français au XVIIIe siècle: destruction de l'ordre et de l'abbaye de Grandmont (in French). Paris: H. Champion. pp. 16–30. Birgitt Legrand (2006), Die Klosteranlagen der Grammontenser - Studien zur französischen Ordensbaukunst des 12. und 13. Jahrhunderts, Thesis, University of Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) 2006, pp. 25-31. (German)
- On 1 November 1031 a synod was also held at Bourges, under the presidency of Archbishop Aymon. Bishop Jordan of Limoges did not attend. Carl Joseph Hefele (1871). Histoire des conciles d'après les documents originaux: 870-1085 (in French). Tome VI. Paris: Adrien le Clere et Cie, Libraires-Éditeurs. pp. 270–272.
- J.-D. Mansi, Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio editio novissima XX (Venice 1775), pp. 919-922.
- On the Chapter and its rights, see: Grenier, pp. 61-72.
- Gallia christiana II, p. 498. Pouillé (1648), p. 2. In 1695 there were thirty canons, according to Ritzler, V, p. 241 note 1; and in 1730 there were twenty-nine: Ritzler, VI, p. 257 note 1.
- Ritzler, V, p. 241 note 1. Gallia christiana II, p. 498, reports more than 600 parishes.
- Grenier, pp. 12-16; 88-91.
- Grenier, p. 17. Creighton, Louise von Glehn (1876). Life of Edward the Black Prince. Rivingtons. pp. 182–186. R. P. Dunn-Pattison (1910). The Black Prince. London: Methuen & Company, Limited. pp. 272–275.
- Gustave d' Hugues (1859). Essai sur l'Administration de Turgot dans la Généralité de Limoges (in French). Paris: Guillaumin. pp. 225–249, esp. 234.
- Hugues, p. 231.
- André Lecler (1903). Martyrs et confesseurs de la foi du Diocèse de Limoges, pendant le révolution française. Tome III (of 4). Limoges: H. Ducourtieux. p. 264.
- Ruricus built the monastery and church of St. Augustine at Limoges. Ralph W. Mathisen (1999). Ruricius of Limoges and Friends: A Collection of Letters from Visigothic Gaul ; Letters of Ruricius of Limoges, Caesarius of Arles, Euphrasius of Clermont, Faustus of Riez, Graecus of Marseilles, Paulinus of Bordeaux, Sedatus of Nîmes, Sidonius Apollinaris, Taurentius and Victorinus of Fréjus. Liverpool UK: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 978-0-85323-703-7. Duchesne, pp. 50-51, no. 2.
- The second Ruricius built the church of St-Pierre-du-Queyroix and the Basilica of St. Junianus at Limoges. He was present at the Council of Auvergne (Clermont) in 535, at the IV Council of Orléans in 541, and he was represented at the V Council of Orléans in 549. C. De Clercq, Concilia Galliae, A. 511 – A. 695 (Turnhout: Brepols 1963), pp. 110-111; 142; 161. Duchesne, p. 51, no. 3.
- Exochius is known only from a manuscript copy of his epitaph. Duchesne, p. 51, no. 4.
- Ferreolus is mentioned by Gregory of Tours, Historia Francorum V. 28 and VII. 10, in connection with a riot of 1 March 579 and a fire of 584. He was present at the Council of Macon in 585, and was present at the deathbed of St. Yrieux in 591. Duchesne, p. 51, no. 5.
- Humbauld was deposed in a Council held at Limoges by Pope Urban II on 23 December 1095. J.-D. Mansi, Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio editio novissima XX (Venice 1775), pp. 922.
- Guillaume had been Prior of Saint-Martial. He was named bishop after the deposition of his predecessor, Bishop Humbald. Hated by the supporters of the deposed bishop, he was poisoned by a certain Martin Le chrétien in the third year of his episcopacy. F. Marvaud (1873). Histoire des Vicomtes et de la Vicomte de Limoges (in French). Tome premier. Paris: J.-B. Dumoulin. p. 153. Gallia christiana II, pp. 518-520.
- Bernardus died on 22 July 1226. Eubel, I, p. 301.
- Guy de Cluzel was elected in mid-October 1226 (in ocatvis S. Lucae) and died on 28 January 1235. Gallia christiana II, p. 528. Eubel, I, p. 301.
- Guillaume, who had been Canon of Angouleme, died within a year of his election, without having been consecrated. Gallia christiana II, p. 528. Eubel, I, p. 301.
- Durandus had been Provost of S. Junianus and Canon of Limoges. He was the subject of a disputed election, which was taken up by Pope Gregory IX on 18 January 1238. On 1 August 1240 Pope Gregory wrote to the Bishop of Bourges to ordain Durandus a priest and consecrate him a bishop. His bulls of consecration and installation were approved on 10 October 1240. Durandus died on 29 December 1245. A. Potthast, Regesta pontificum Romanorum I (Berlin 1874), p. 924, no. 10922. Eubel, I, p. 301, with note 1.
- Aimericus was elected on 19 October 1246, though he was still not a priest. On 17 January 1248 Pope Innocent IV summoned the Bishop-Elect to Rome to be consecrated. He died on 2 July 1272. Eubel, I, p. 301, with note 2.
- Gilbertus: Gallia christiana II, pp. 530-531.
- Reginaldus: Gallia christiana II, p. 531.
- Denis de Sainte-Marthe (OSB) (1720). Gallia Christiana, In Provincias Ecclesiasticas Distributa (in Latin). Tomus secundus. Paris: Ex Typographia Regia. p. 532.
- Jean de Cros was Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law). He was approved as Bishop of Limoges by Pope Clement VI on 14 May 1347. He was named a cardinal by his uncle, Pope Gregory XI on 30 May 1371, and his successor at Limoges was appointed on 18 July 1371. Eubel, I, pp. 21 and 301.
- Bonnevalle had been Bishop of Bologna (1371–1378), but was removed on orders of Urban VI. He was appointed Bishop of Nîmes by Pope Clement VII (1383–1391). Eubel, I, pp. 141, 301, 361.
- Jean was elected on 11 April, and provided his bulls on 18 May 1457. He was transferred to the titular diocese of Nazareth (Palestine) on 10 March 1484. Eubel, II, p. 175, with note 1; p. 200.
- Jean was a nephew of his predecessor, and held a Licenciate in Civil and Canon Law. He was Provost of S. Junianus (Limoges). He was appointed on 10 March 1484. Eubel, II, p. 175, with note 2; III, p. 222, with note 2.
- De Prie had been created a cardinal by Pope Julius II on 18 December 1506. He was Bishop of Bayeux from 1498 until he was appointed to Limoges on 18 August 1514, which he resigned in 1516. Eubel, II, p. 101; III, pp. 11 and 222.
- Philippe was appointed on 5 December 1516. He died on 6 October 1519. Eubel, III, p. 222, with note 2.
- On 20 July 1615, Raymond de la Marthonie was created titular bishop of Chalcedon, and named Coadjutor Bishop of Limoges with right of succession. When Bishop Henri de la Marthonie died on 7 October 1618, he succeeded to the title of Bishop of Limoges. He died in January 1627. Gauchat, IV, p. 219 with note 2.
- Lafayette was nominated by King Louis XIII and approved by Pope Urban VIII on 29 November 1627. He died in November 1676. Gauchat, IV, p. 219 with note 3.
- D'Urfé: Jean, p. 113. Ritzler, V, p. 241 with note 3.
- Carbonel de Canisy: Jean, p. 114. Ritzler, V, p. 241 with note 4.
- Charpin de Genetines: Jean, p. 114. Ritzler, V, p. 241 with note 5.
- Jean, p. 114.
- Born at L'Isle du Gast (diocese of Mans) L'Isle du Gast was Canon of Chartres. He was a Doctor of theology (Bourges, 1727). On 27 December 1729 he was nominated Bishop of Limoges by King Louis XV, and was approved (preconized) by Pope Clement XII on 14 August 1730. He was consecrated in Paris by Archbishop Charles de Vintimille. Jean, pp. 114-115. Ritzler, VI, p. 257, with note 2.
- Coëtlosquet: Jean, p. 115. Ritzler, VI, p. 257, with note 3.
- Du Plessis d'Argentré: Jean, p. 115-116. Ritzler, VI, p. 257, with note 4. André Lecler (1903). Martyrs et confesseurs de la foi du Diocèse de Limoges, pendant le révolution française. Tome III (of 4). Limoges: H. Ducourtieux. pp. 262–279.
- Gay-Vernon was consecrated in Paris on 13 March 1791. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly. He voted for the death of Louis XVI, and therefore was not included in the amnesty at the Restoration. He abandoned his priesthood in an announcement at the Convention. In 1795 he became a member of the Council of 500 under the Constitution of Year 3. In 1798 he was named Consul in Tripoli (Syria). He died on 22 October 1822. Pisani, pp. 428-430.
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