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Rainald of Bar, Bl.


Abbot; d. Provence, France, 1150. Rainald (Raynald) came from the family of the counts of Bar-sur-Seine and joined the cistercians at clairvaux. With the nomination of bernard of clairvaux he was made abbot of cÎteaux c. 1133 or 1134, and during his administration, in 1147, the abbeys of obazine and savigny, with their affiliates, were incorporated into the order. Rainald also participated in the reconciliation of Bernard with abelard. The only work presently attributed to him is a part of the Instituta generalis capituli, a collection of statutes published, not as was previously thought in 1134, but c. 1150 or even perhaps as late as 1151 by Rainald's successor, Goswin (d. 1155). The abbot died in Provence in the course of a regular visitation, but he was buried at Cîteaux. He was honored as early as 1491 in the Cistercian martyrology.

Feast: Dec. 16.

Bibliography: Sources. Epistola ad Innocentium II, Patrologia Latina, ed. j. p. migne, 217 v. (Paris 187890) 189:671. peter the venerable, Epistola 4.4, ibid. 305. bernard, Epistola 270.3, Patrologia Latina, ed. j. p. migne, 217 v. (Paris 187890) 182:475. Vita I a s. Bernardi 4.3, Patrologia Latina, ed. j. p. migne, 217 v. (Paris 187890) 185:332. conrad of eberbach, Exordium magnum cisterciense 1.34, ed. b. griesser (Rome 1961) 9495. Literature. a. m. zimmermann, Kalendarium Benedictinum: Die Heiligen und Seligen des Benediktinerorderns und seiner Zweige, 4 v. (Metten 193338) 3:439441. m. a. dimier, Saint Bernard, pêcheur de Dieu (Paris 1953) 191192. j. b. van damme, "Genèse des Instituta generalis capituli, " Cîteaux 12 (1961) 2860. k. spahr, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner, 10 v. (2d, new ed. Freiburg 195765) 8:978979.

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