Genesius of Lyon

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Saint Genesius of Lyon (Genestus, Genes) (died 679) was the 37th Archbishop of Lyon.


He was a native of France and became a religious and abbot (though not of Fontenelle Abbey), attached to the court and camp of Clovis II. There he acted as chief almoner to the queen, Bathildis.[1]

He succeeded Annemund in the See of Lyon, and was consecrated in 657 or 658. His name is found for the first time as bishop in a signature of 6 September, 664, attached to a charter drawn up by Bertefred, bishop of Amiens, for the Abbey of Corbie.[1]

On 26 June, 667, he subscribed another charter framed by Drauscius, Bishop of Soissons, for a convent of the Blessed Virgin founded by Ebroin, mayor of the palace, and his wife Leutrude. In the conflict between Ebroin and St. Leger (Leodegarius), Bishop of Autun, Genesius (675-76) took the part of the bishop and was in consequence attacked by an armed band sent by Ebroin to expel him from Lyons; but Genesius collected a force and successfully defended his city.[1]

In September, 677, he assisted at an assembly held at Maslay-le-Roi or more probably Marly-le-Roi. He was succeeded at Lyon by Landebertus otherwise Lambertus. His body remained in the Saint-Nizier Church till the beginning of the fourteenth century, when it was transferred to Chelles Abbey.[2]

He is a Catholic saint, feast day 1 November.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Genesius" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Archbishop of Lyon
660 – c. 679
Succeeded by