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Saint Fulrad

Saint Fulrad
Lièpvre
Abbot
Born 710
Saint-Hippolyte, Haut-Rhin, France
Died July 16, 784(784-07-16)
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Feast July 16

Saint Fulrad (French: Fulrade) (710 – July 16, 784) was abbot of St. Denis' Abbey (from 750). He was born at Saint-Hippolyte, Haut-Rhin in Alsace. He served as a counselor to three Frankish rulers: Pepin, Carloman, and Charlemagne. He also served as court chaplain, grand-almoner, and ambassador.

In 750, Fulrad, along with Saint Burchard, was instrumental in securing Pope Zachary's approval for the accession of Pepin as king of the Franks (Pepin's title had been "mayor of the palace").

Another important process of which Fulrad was an integral part was the turning over of the Exarchate of Ravenna to the Holy See in 756, which he negotiated. He also made the Frankish kings supporters of Rome rather than Constantinople.

He founded monasteries at Lièpvre, Saint-Hippolyte, Haut-Rhin, and Salonnes (near Château-Salins).

Fulrad brought the relics of Saint VitalisTemplate:Dn to Esslingen am Neckar, making it a destination for pilgrimage. He also brought the relics of Saint Vitus and Saint Cucuphas to Saint-Denis, where the relics of Cucuphas occupy a place of honor in the apse to the right of those of Saint Denis to this day.

His feast day is celebrated on July 16.

External links

  • St. Fulrad
  • at SaintPatrickDC.org
  • (German) Fulrad von St-Denis
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