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Saint Anthelm (1107–1178)

Saint Anthelm (1107–1178)

Feast day: June 26

Saint Anthelm was a priest in medieval France who got entangled in Church politics. He pursued positions of authority to increase his own power, not to serve his people more effectively. When he visited the Carthusians, his views on what power meant changed, and he felt called to the monastic lifestyle. Anthelm left his powerful Church position and joined a Carthusian monastery.

He was soon appointed prior, and the monastery thrived. Anthelm was also a celebrated reformer. He was selected Bishop of Belley and worked diligently to correct the wrongdoings of both the clergy and the laity. Anthelm also helped to rebuild the monastery of Grand Chartreuse after a large portion of it was destroyed in an avalanche. Saint Anthelm restored farmlands and created a network of aqueducts to supply fresh water to his people.

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