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Guarinus (Guérin) of Sion, St.


Bishop of Sion; b. Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France, c. 1065; d. Aulps (near Geneva), Savoy, Aug. 27, 1150. Guarinus entered the benedictine Order in the Abbey of molesme c. 1085. In about 1094, he joined a group that had left Molesme for a more retired life at Aulps in Savoy, and he became second abbot of the new foundation c. 1110. St. bernard of clairvaux visited Aulps c. 113335 and later wrote a fine letter of congratulations to Guarinus, who had his monastery incorporated into the cistercian Order in 1136. In 1138, Guarinus became bishop of Sion in Switzerland. He died during a visit to Aulps and was buried there. He is still venerated extensively in Savoy and the Valais.

Feast: Jan. 6, Aug. 30 (Diocese of Sion), Jan. 14 (Cistercians).

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