Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Ralph, Archbishop of Bourges, Confessor


He was of the Royal blood of France, being son of the count of Cahors, and lord of Turenne. Making Christ his only inheritance he took the monastic habit in 822; and was made archbishop of Bourges in 840. He founded seven monasteries, and was indefatigable in reforming the manners of his flock. For the direction of his clergy he compiled a book of canons under the title of Pastoral Instructions, published by Baluze in his miscellanies. He died on the 21st of June, 866.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Ralph, Archbishop of Bourges, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 June 2013. Web. 22 September 2021. <>