Saint Peter of Tarentaise

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Joined the Benedictine Cistercians at Bonneveaux, France at age 20 along with his father and two brothers. Monk. First abbot of Tamie Abbey in the Tarentaise Mountains where he built a hospice for travellers. Reluctant archbishop of Tarentaise, France c.1142. He worked to reform the diocese, removing corrupt clergy, supporting dedicated priests, caring for the poor, promoting education, and revitalizing the faith and church involvement of all his flock. Started the custom of May Bread – free bread and soup distributed throughout the mountain region; the tradition continued for centuries until ended by the antiCatholic French Revolution. In 1155 Peter disappeared only to be found hiding out as a lay brother in a Cistercian abbey in Switzerland; he had badly missed the simple life of a pious monk, but agreed to return to his duties as a bishop. Advisor to popes, kings and laity, he defended papal rights in France, and worked to bring peace between King Louis VII of France and Prince Henry II of England.




MLA Citation

  • “Saint Peter of Tarentaise“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 June 2020. Web. 22 September 2021. <>