Gaugericus

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Saint Gaugericus
Hôtel de ville de Bruxelles - Tympan 04.JPG
Saint-Géry (Hôtel de Ville Brussels)
Born ~550
Died August 11, ~626
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrine Cambrai
Feast August 11; 18 November for the exhumation of his relics; 24 September for the translation of his relics
Attributes bishop, mitre on head, without his crosier, right hand lifted in a gesture of benediction and left folded upon his breast.
Patronage Cambrai; Brussels; Braine-le-Comte

Saint Gaugericus, in French Saint Géry (also known as Gorik, Gau; in Walloon, Djèri) (c. 550 – August 11, 626) was a bishop of Cambrai, France.

Biography[edit]

He was born to Roman parents, Gaudentius and Austadiola, at Eposium (present Carignan).[1] Tradition states that Bishop Magnerich of Trier, was so impressed with the piety of the young man ordained deacon, but not before Gaugericus had memorized the entire psalter.[2] Magnerich entrusted Gaugericus with the pastoral care of the city of Cambrai. Gaugericus founded abbeys and churches and abbeys, including a monastery dedicated to St. Medard, to host relics, which contributed powerfully to giving Cambrai both the appearance and functions of a city.

Around the year 580, Gaugericus built a chapel on the largest island in the Senne near Brussels.[3] Saint-Géry Island is named after him.

When the see of Cambrai-Arras fell vacant around 585, Gaudericus was elected bishop with the consent of Childebert II. Gaugericus was consecrated by Egidius, bishop of Reims. Bishop Géry devoted himself to fighting paganism, ransoming captives and visiting rural districts and villae.[1] He paid his respects to King Chlothar II, the new lord of Cambrai after the death of Childebert, and assisted at the Council of Paris in 614. After serving as bishop for thirty-nine years, he died around the year 685 and was buried in the church of Saint Médard, which he had founded at Cambrai.

Veneration[edit]

St. Géry church at Cambrai

Veneration commenced immediately after his death. His feast day is mentioned in the martyrology of Rabanus Maurus. His feast day falls on August 11.[1]

The Church of Saint-Géry is one of the oldest in Cambrai, and a listed historical monument since 1919.[4]

Patronage[edit]

St-Géry is the patron of Cambrai, and of prisoners.[5]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "St. Géry". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.