Faith & Life


Died c. 647 feast – January 17


Also called Sulpicius and Pius, Sulpice was born to wealthy parents in France and began aiding the poor in his youth. When he became bishop of Bourges in Aquitaine in 624, he defended the rights of his people against the tyrannical Merovingian kings. Known for his austerity and holiness, Sulpice was beloved in Bourges for his generosity and was said to have converted everyone there to Christianity through his personal witness. He attended the Council of Clichy in 627, and resigned as bishop of Bourges late in life to serve the poor. The enormous Church of Saint-Sulpice, near the Luxembourg gardens in Paris, and a famous French seminary are named for this holy bishop.