Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Genesius, Bishop of Clermont


Twenty-first Bishop of Clermont, died 662. Feast, 3 June. The legend, which is of a rather late date, says that he was descended from a senatorial family of Auvergne. Having received a liberal education he renounced his worldly prospects for the service of the Church, became archdeacon of Clermont under Bishop Proculus, and succeeded him in the episcopacy in 656. He laboured earnestly for the maintenance of Christian morality, and founded a hospital at Clermont and also the Abbey of Manlieu. After five years, fearing for his own soul, he left Clermont secretly and went to Rome in the garb of a pilgrim. The bereaved flock sent a deputation to the Holy See. Genesius was found and induced to return. He then built a convent at Chantoin. He was buried in the church which he had built at Clermont in honour of Saint Symphorian, and which later took his own name. In the life Saint Prix (Praejectus), Genesius is mentioned as one of the protectors of his childhood.

MLA Citation

  • Francis Mershman. “Saint Genesius, Bishop of Clermont”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 May 2013. Web. 19 September 2019. <>