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Saint Cloud
Statue of Saint Clodoald in St. Cloud Hospital
Abbot and Confessor
Diedc. 560[2]
Nogent-sur-Seine, France[3]
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrineSaint-Cloud, France
Feast7 September
Attributesa 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[2]
Patronageagainst carbuncles;[2] nail makers; Diocese of Saint Cloud, Minnesota[1]

Saint Clodoald (Latin: Clodoaldus, Cloudus; reconstructed Frankish: *Hlōdōwald;[4] 522 – c. 560 AD), better known as Cloud, was the son of King Chlodomer of Orléans and his wife Guntheuc.


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.[2]

Clodoald renounced all claims to the throne and lived as a studious hermit and disciple of Séverin of Paris [fr]. 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.[2]

Clodoald established an abbey at a hamlet on the Seine near Versailles. The hamlet, originally named Novigentum, was renamed Saint-Cloud in Clodoald's honour. The abbey is now a collegiate church of canons regular called Église Saint-Clodoald [fr] wherein his relics are kept.[2] St. Cloud, Wisconsin, and St. Cloud, Minnesota, are in turn named after the French town.

Clodoald's feast day is September 7.

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  1. ^ a b Jones, Terry. "Cloud". Patron Saints Index. Retrieved 2007-03-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Rabenstein, Katherine (November 1998). "Cloud (Clodoald, Clodulphus) of Nogent". Saint of the Day, September 7. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
  3. ^ Monastère du Magnificat (2006-09-27). "Saint Cloud or Clodoald". Lives of the Saints. Retrieved 2007-03-04.
  4. ^ Moroldo, Arnaldo. "Le Traitement de la Fricative Laryngée Sourde Germanique en Francais, Occitan et Italien" (PDF). The University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. p. 49.