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St. Mansuetus, first bishop of Toul

Saint Mansuetus (French Mansuy ; † in the 4th century in Toul ) was supposedly the first bishop of Toul . His name means the meek .

Mansuetus, a native of Scots, ordained a priest in Rome , is said to have been sent to Toul by Pope Damasus I to spread the Christian faith at the suggestion of Emperor Constans, who resides in Trier . He is considered to be the founder of the diocese of Toul and is said to have made great contributions to the diocese.

He died in 375 and was buried in the Church of St. Peter, which he founded. Soon after his death, his grave was the destination of pious pilgrims. St. Martin of Tours visited his grave on the way to Trier (384/386). Bishop Gerhard I of Toul built the monastery of St. Mansuy over his grave in the 10th century. He has been canonized and is portrayed as a preacher bringing the dead to life, and his feast day is celebrated on September 3rd . The saint is venerated not only in France, but also in Trier and Mainz . He is the patron saint of some churches in Germany, for example the parish church of Biederbach .


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