Cataldus of Rachau, St.
CATALDUS OF RACHAU, ST.
Bishop and patron of Taranto; b. Ireland, early seventh century; d. Taranto, Italy, c. 671. Everything known concerning him is based on legends dating from the 12th century. He was born close to the monastery of Lismore, became a monk there, and then later became bishop of Rachau. On the return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he was shipwrecked off the Gulf of Taranto. Supposedly he then became bishop of Taranto, where he was considered a great reformer and builder of churches. He is venerated as a miracle worker in Italy, especially at his see city, where his body was buried in the cathedral, and also at Sens and Auxerre in France.
Feast: May 10.
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[r. e. geiger]