Arnulf of Gap, St.

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Bishop; b. Vendôme, France; d. Sept. 19, 107079, Gap, France. Only fragments of information about Arnulf have been preserved. While a monk of Sainte-Trinité at Vendôme, he accompanied his abbot, Oderic, to Rome (c. 1061) to secure for Sainte-Trinité papal confirmation of the Roman church of St. Prisca and for its abbot the dignity of cardinal priest. Pope alexander ii detained Arnulf as an adviser until c. 1066, when he consecrated him and installed him as bishop of Gap, where he is principal patron. There he was an able administrator and defender of the Church during the tumultuous Gregorian Reform of the late eleventh century.

Feast: Sept. 19.

Bibliography: Acta Sanctorum Sept. 6:95101. a. m. zimmermann, Kalendarium Benedictinum (Metten 193338) 3:7779. a. m. zimmermann, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner (Freiburg 195765) 1:899900. r. aigrain, Catholicisme 1:855.

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