Roger le Fort

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Roger le Fort also called Roger de Beaufort , Roger de Ternes or Roger von Bourges , (* around 1285/1288 at Ternes Castle in Les Ternes in the Creuse department in France ; † April 23, 1367 in Bourges ) was a French archbishop and is a Blessed of the Catholic Church .

Roger le Fort, son of Godefroi of Ternes, was raised by his maternal uncle, Cardinal Pierre de La Chapelle-Taillefert (alias Petrus de Capella , † 1312), Archbishop of Toulouse , and attended the University of to study literature and rights Sent to Orléans . He then became a priest and in 1316 a canon of Rouen . A year later, Roger became dean of the cathedral in Bourges and finally professor of secular and ecclesiastical law in Orléans.

In 1321 he was elected bishop of Orléans against his will and to his great astonishment . He was ordained a bishop and devoted himself entirely to his apostolic mission. Fatherly he took care of the poor and sick of his diocese. In 1328 he was made Bishop of Limoges and finally in 1343 Archbishop of Bourges. There he built a hospital and introduced the feast of the Conception of Mary (December 8th). At its headquarters, he founded the Celestine - Priory of Ternes. On June 21, 1345 he raised the bones of Odilo of Clunys with papal approval . He was also known as a writer of legal commentaries and sermons. Roger le Fort died a great benefactor at the age of more than 80 and bequeathed his fortune to the poor.

His feast day is March 1st (name day for Roger and Rüdiger ). In some French regions , its feast day is already celebrated on February 28th and sometimes not until August 5th. In art, the sl. Roger von Bourges depicted in episcopal robes with a cross and a book .


predecessor Office successor
Foucaud de Rochechouard Archbishop of Bourges
Pierre d'Estaing
Hélie de Talleyrand Bishop of Limoges
Nicolas de Besse
Milon de Chailly Bishop of Orléans
Jean III de Conflans