Mansuetus (bishop of Toul)
|Bishop of Toul|
|Feast day||September 3|
|Venerated in||Catholic Church|
Mansuetus is thought to be of Irish or Scottish origin. After religious studies in Rome, he was sent by Pope Damasus I to evangelize Gaul, becoming the first Bishop of Toul in 365. Little is known about the details of his life; he is believed to have erected a church dedicated to St. Peter and to have spent nearly four decades preaching in the Lequois region, which efforts were met with considerable success. He died in Thulium while serving as itinerant bishop of Belgian prim.
Mansuetus is recognized as a saint according to the Pre-Congregation standards for canonization. Tradition holds that he is responsible for the healing of lepers and for restoring the life of the drowned son of the prince of Toul. His Feast day is celebrated on September 3 in the Diocese of Soul and on August 31 in Saint-Dié . .
According to the Vita Sancti Gerardi, Bishop St. Gerard I of Toul (r. 963–994) had the relics of both Mansuetus and Aprus brought into Toul and placed in the church of St. John the Baptist while he was ill. Later, in 1790, Mansuetus' relics were divided among the canons of the church of Toul, to prevent them from being destroyed by revolutionaries.
Iconography is found on the shrine of Vittel and a brotherhood statue, belonging to the Church of Fontenoy-le-Château. There are parish churches dedicated to St. Mansuy in Bouvron, Fontenoy-le-Château, Loisey-Culey, Nancy, Serécourt. The village of Dommary-Baroncourt had a church of that name, but it was destroyed in 1974.
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- « Ils sont nos aïeux, les saints de chez nous » - Chanoine André Laurent - Mirecourt - 1980.
- "Saint Mansuy, évêque".
- Rev. S. Baring-Gould, The Lives of the Saints (John Hodges: 1875), 36
- Calendar Ecclesiastical.
- Karl Leyser, Timothy Reuter, Warriors and Churchmen in the High Middle Ages: Essays Presented to Karl Leyser (Continuum International Publishing Group: 1992), 56.
- Rev. S. Baring-Gould, M.A. The Lives of the Saints (John Hodges: 1875), 36.