Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Genesius of Lyons

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(or Genestus) Thirty-seventh Archbishop of Lyons, died 679. Feast, 1 November. He was a native of France, not of Arabia or Armenia as is sometimes stated and became a religious and abbot (not of Fontenelle, but) attached to the court and camp of Clovis II where he acted as chief almoner to the queen, Saint Bathildis. He succeeded Saint Chamond (Annemundus) in the See of Lyons, and was consecrated in 657 or 658. His name is found for the first time as bishop in a signature of 6 September 664, attached to a charter drawn up by Bertefred, bishop of Amiens, for the Abbey of Corbie. On 26 June 667, he subscribed another charter framed by Drauscius, Bishop of Soissons, for a convent of the Blessed Virgin founded by Ebroin, mayor of the palace, and his wife Leutrude. In the conflict between Ebroin and SaintLeger (Leodegarius), Bishop of Autun, Genesius (675-76) took the part of the bishop and was in consequence attacked by an armed band sent by Ebroin to expel him from Lyons; but Genesius collected a force and successfully defended his city. In September, 677, he assisted at an assembly held at Maslay. He was succeeded at Lyons by Landebertus. His body remained in the church of Saint Nicetius till the beginning of the fourteenth century, when it was transferred to Chelles.

MLA Citation

  • Francis Mershman. “Saint Genesius of Lyons”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. Saints.SQPN.com. 21 May 2013. Web. 20 October 2014. <>