Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Landry, Bishop of Paris, Confessor

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[In Latin Landericus.] He succeeded Audobert in that see, in the reign of Clovis II. about the year 650. In a great famine he distributed among the poor all his own little furniture, and melted down for their use the sacred vessels of the church. From the first foundation of ecclesiastical revenues under the Christian emperors, it was a customary law for every bishop to erect and maintain a general hospital, which was usually situated near the cathedral. Thus the ancient Lateran hospital stands near the basilic of that name in Rome, and Saint Landry is said to have first founded in this manner the Hotel-Dieu in Paris, near his cathedral, the church of our Lady, upon the spot where the palace of Erchinoald, mayor of the palace, before stood. That hospital is served by one hundred nuns, and fifty novices of the Order of Hospitalers, following the rule of Saint Austin. They watch almost every motion of the poor patients with incredible tenderness and patience, giving them all allowances if not contrary to their health. This hospital seems the largest in the world for the sick; but it is too much crowded for want of space: that at Milan is more numerous, but receives the poor who are well. But the hospitals of the Holy Ghost and of Saint Philip Neri at Rome, seem the best regulated in the universe.

Saint Landry was buried in the church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, which was then called Saint Vincent’s, as was also the church and abbey since called of Saint Germain-des-Prez. His relics are kept in a silver shrine in the same church of Saint Germain-l’Auxerrois, except two bones which were given in 1408 to the parish church of Saint Landry, which was originally a chapel near the saint’s house in which he was accustomed to pray. Saint Landry subscribed, with twenty-three other bishops, the charter given by Clovis II in 653 to the monastery of Saint Denys, the original of which, written on Egyptian paper, is still preserved. He is honoured with an office in the new Paris Breviary.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Landry, Bishop of Paris, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 June 2013. Web. 14 December 2017. <>