Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Chrodegang

Saint ChrodegangArticle

Called also Chrodegand, Godegrand, Gundigran, Ratgang, Rodigang and Sirigang.

Bishop of Metz, born at the beginning of the eighth century at Hasbania, in what is now Belgian Limburg, of a noble Frankish family; died at Metz, 6 March 766. He was educated at the court of Charles Martel, became his private secretary, then chancellor, and in 737 prime minister. On 1 March 742, he was appointed Bishop of Metz, retaining his civil office at the request of Pepin. In his influential position Saint Chrodegang laboured earnestly for the welfare of Church and State, and was ever solicitous to strengthen the bonds of union between the temporal and spiritual rulers. In his diocese he introduced the Roman Liturgy and chant, community life for the clergy of his cathedral, and wrote a special rule for them. He founded (748) the Abbey of Gorze (near Metz), and remained its friend and protector. He also established Saint Peter’s Abbey, on the Moselle, and did much for Gengenbach and Lorsch. For the latter he is said to have obtained the relics of Saint Nazarius, and for Gorze those of Saint Gorgonius. In 753 he was sent by Pepin to Pope Stephen III to assure him of the sympathy of the Frankish rulers against the inroads of Aistulf, King of the Lombards. He accompanied the pope to Ponthieu. After the death of Saint Boniface, Pope Stephen conferred the pallium on Saint Chrodegang (754-755), thus making him an archbishop, but not elevating the See of Metz. Saint Chrodegang was buried in the Abbey of Gorze. He was a man of imposing appearance, of a mild, though firm, character, of great liberality to the poor, and of more than ordinary ability, well versed in Latin and German. The rule containing thirty-four chapters which he gave his clergy (c.755) was modeled according to the rules of Saint Benedict and of the Canons of the Lateran. Through it he gave a might impulse to the spread of community life among the secular clergy. It was later increased to eighty-six chapters. In 762, during a dangerous illness, he introduced among his priests a confraternity of prayer known as the League of Attigny.

MLA Citation

  • Francis Merschman. “Saint Chrodegang”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2018. Web. 17 November 2018. <>