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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Peter of Tarentaise (1102–1175)

Saint Peter of Tarentaise (1102–1175)

Feast day: May 8

Saint Peter was the abbot at a Cistercian monastery. He replaced a corrupt bishop when he was appointed archbishop of Tarentaise. He accepted his new position with enthusiasm and eagerness. Peter reformed his archdiocese, replaced corrupt clergy, and ministered to the poor. After around 10 years as archbishop, Peter “fell off the radar.” When he was located, he was living simply as a lay brother in Switzerland. He returned to his duties as archbishop and once again began to assist the poor.