Feast of St. Hugh of Lincoln
known as Hugh of Avalon; Hugh of Burgundy
- Memorial 17 November
Son of William, Lord of Avalon. His mother Anna died when he was 8, and he
was raised and educated at a convent at Villard-Benoit. Monk at 15. Deacon at
19. Prior of a monastery at Saint-Maxim. Carthusian. Priest. In 1175 he became
abbot of the first English Carthusian monastery, which was built by King Henry
II as part of his penance for the murder of Thomas Becket.
His reputation for holiness spread through England, and attracted many to the
monastery. He admonished Henry for keeping dioceses vacant in order to keep
their income for the throne. Resisted the appointment, but was made bishop of
Lincoln in 21 September 1181. Restored clerical discipline in his see. Rebuilt
the Lincoln cathedral, destroyed by earthquake in 1185.
Denounced the mass persecution of Jews in England in 1190-91, repeatedly facing
down armed mobs, making them release their victims. Diplomat to France for King
John in 1199, a trip that ruined his health. While attending a national council
in London a few months later, he was stricken with an unnamed ailment, and died
two months later.
Born - 1140 Avalon Castle, Burgundy, France
Died - 16 November 1200 in London, England; buried in the Lincoln
Canonized - 1220; first canonized Carthusian