St. Anthelm of Belley (1107–1178), a French monk and bishop, lived in the 12th century. Born into a noble family, he became a Carthusian monk and eventually served as the prior of the Grande Chartreuse monastery. St. Anthelm was known for his deep spirituality, asceticism, and commitment to the contemplative life. He was later appointed as the Bishop of Belley and worked diligently to promote the spiritual welfare of his diocese. St. Anthelm played an important role in the reform of religious communities and clergy, encouraging them to embrace a life of holiness and discipline. He was admired for his humility, wisdom, and pastoral care, often spending time with the poor and marginalized. St. Anthelm’s writings and sermons reflect his profound understanding of mystical theology and his desire to lead others closer to God. He died in 1178 and was canonized as a saint by Pope Alexander III in 1163.
St. Anthelm of Belley
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