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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Landericus (d. 661)

Saint Landericus (d. 661)

Feast day: June 10




Saint Landericus’s deep love for God and the poor guided every action in his life. He was elected Bishop of Paris, and worked very hard to improve the lives of the poor in his diocese. He sold all of his personal possessions to raise money to help the needy, but when that total didn’t suffice, he began to sell Church property as well. Landericus began to notice that the current system in place to care for the poor who were ailing was not effective. To solve this problem, be built the city’s first hospital. Saint Landericus also welcomed the Benedictines into his diocese with open arms to offer spiritual guidance to his people. (Image by GFreihalter, Wikimedia Commons)