Saints of the Day – Bernard of Vienne, O.S.B., Bishop

Blessed Bernard of VienneArticle

(also known as Barnard) Born in Lyonnais, France, c.778; died in Vienne, France, in 841; cultus approved in 1907. Born into a distinguished family, Saint Bernard was educated and raised at Charlemagne’s court, married. About 800, he founded (or restored) the monastery of Ambronay (Ambournay). Later he became a monk there and, eventually, abbot. He was appointed archbishop of Vienne in 810, founded the abbey of Romans about 837. Although he was somewhat imprudent in his political activities, he became a very influential and holy prelate. He died there and was buried on January 23, noted for his saintliness and insistence upon strict ecclesiastical discipline (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson, Delaney).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 October 2021. Web. 24 October 2021. <>