Saint Ralph of Bourges

detail of a German holy card of Saint Ralph of Bourges, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Raoul
  • Rodolphe
  • Radulphe
  • Rudolphe
  • Radulfo
  • Rodolfo



Born to the French royal family, the son of the count of Cahors and lord of Turenne. Ralph gave up his worldly position to become a monk in 822. Archbishop of Bourges, France in 840. Founded seven monasteries and worked tirelessly to improve discipline and encourage the faith. Compiled the book Pastoral Instructions to guide the priests of his diocese.



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ralph of Bourges“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 June 2017. Web. 14 April 2021. <>