Book of Saints – Medard


(Saint) Bishop (June 8) (6th century) Born in Picardy, Saint Medard is said to have been the twin-brother of Saint Gildard, Archbishop of Rouen. Saint Medard became Bishop of Vermand, which See, for greater safety from the incursions of the Northmen, he transferred to Noyon, a formidable fortress. He was also entrusted with the administration of the vacant Diocese of Tournai, a task which tested to the uttermost his wonderful zeal and fortitude. He lived to a great age, and died worn out with toil, A.D. 545. On his deathbed he was visited by King Clothair, who sought his blessing and forgiveness for the injuries he had done him. This monarch insisted that Saint Medard should be buried at Soissons, his capital, where he founded a noble Basilica to commemorate his memory and merits.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Medard”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 March 2015. Web. 16 February 2019. <>