Alberic of Utrecht

Saint Alberic of Utrecht (died 21 August 784) was a Benedictine monk and bishop of Utrecht, in what is today the Netherlands.

Alberic was the nephew of Saint Gregory of Utrecht. Little is known of Alberic before he joined the Order of Saint Benedict.[1] It is known that he served as prior of the Cathedral of Saint Martin. When Gregory died in 775, Alberic succeeded his uncle as the bishop of Utrecht.[a] His bishopric was noted for the success of its mission among the pagan Teutons,[2] as well as the reorganization of the school of Utrecht. In addition, Alberic directed the mission of Ludger in Ostergau.

Alberic was a good friend of Alcuin, a teacher and poet from York, England, preeminent among the scholars of that era. This relationship likely speaks to Alberic's own intelligence,[2] as the saint has been noted for his "encyclopedic knowledge of the faith."

Alberic of Utrecht
Died21 August 784
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast14 November

See also


  1. ^ Although sources state that Alberic succeeded his uncle to the see of Utrecht, Gregory was not a bishop, but in fact an "administrator," an abbot.[1][3] It is, however, certain that Alberic was a bishop, since he was consecrated at Cologne in 777.[4]


  1. ^ a b "St. Alberic". Saints and Angels. Catholic Online. Archived from the original on 31 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  2. ^ a b Rabenstein, Katherine (March 1999). "Alberic of Utrecht, OSB B (AC)". Saints O' the Day for November 14. Archived from the original on 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "St. Gregory of Utrecht" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  4. ^ Herzog, Johann Jakob; Schaff, Philip; Hauck, Albert (1910). The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. Funk and Wagnalls Company. p. 505.

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Preceded by
Gregory of Utrecht
Bishop of Utrecht
Succeeded by
Theodard of Utrecht
Gregory of Utrecht

Saint Gregory of Utrecht (c. 700/705 – 770s) was born of a noble family at Trier. His father Alberic was the son of Addula, who in her widowhood was Abbess of Pfalzel (Palatiolum) near Trier. (Because of the similarity of names and also because of a forged will, Addula has been frequently confused with Saint Adela of Pfalzel, daughter of Dagobert II of Austrasia, thus wrongly imputing to Gregory membership of the royal house of the Merovingians).

He received his early education at Pfalzel. When, in 722, Saint Boniface passed through Trier on his way from Frisia to Hesse and Thuringia, he stayed at this convent. Gregory was called upon to read the scriptures at the meals. Saint Boniface gave an explanation of them and expanded upon the merits of an apostolic life, by which Gregory was inspired to accompany him.

He now became the disciple and later the helper of the Apostle of Germany, accompanying him in all his missionary tours. In 738 Saint Boniface made his third journey to Rome; Gregory went with him and brought back many valuable additions for his library. About 750 Gregory was made Abbot of St. Martin's, in Utrecht. In 744 Saint Willibrord, the first Bishop of Utrecht, had died but had received no successor. Saint Boniface had taken charge and had appointed an administrator, Saint Eoban. In 754 he started on his last missionary trip accompanied by Eoban, who was to share his martyrdom. After this, Pope Stephen II and Pippin the Younger ordered Gregory to look after the diocese. For this reason he is sometimes called bishop, though he never received episcopal consecration.

The school of his abbey, the Martinsstift, a kind of missionary seminary, was now a centre of learning for many nations: Franks, Frisians, Saxons, even Bavarians and Swabians. England too, though it had splendid schools of its own, sent scholars. Among his disciples, Saint Ludger is perhaps the best known, later to be the first Bishop of Münster and author of the Life of Gregory, in which he describes his virtues, his contempt of riches, his sobriety, his forgiving spirit and his deeds of alms [1].

Some three years before Gregory's death, paralysis attacked his left side and gradually spread over his entire body. At the approach of death he had himself carried into church, where he died.

List of bishops and archbishops of Utrecht (695–1580)

List of bishops and archbishops of the historic diocese and archdiocese of Utrecht before and during the Protestant Reformation (695–1580).

List of saints

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Utrecht

The Archdiocese of Utrecht (Latin: Archidioecesis Ultraiectensis) is an archdiocese of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. The Archbishop of Utrecht is the Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical province of Utrecht. There are six suffragan dioceses in the province: Breda, Groningen-Leeuwarden, Haarlem-Amsterdam, Roermond, Rotterdam, and 's-Hertogenbosch. The cathedral church of the archdiocese is Saint Catherine Cathedral which replaced the prior cathedral, Saint Martin Cathedral, after it was taken by Protestants in the Reformation.

Theodard of Utrecht

Theodard (Thiatbraht) was Bishop of Utrecht from around 784 to around 790.

It is believed that because of his name Théodard, like his predecessors Gregory and Alberic, he was related to the Carolingian house. There is nothing known of his administration.

In Vienna there is a 6th-century Livy manuscript written with a note from the 8th century: Codex iste est episcopi Theutberti the Dorestat (translation: this book is owned by Theutbert, bishop of Dorestad).

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