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St. Ildephonsus of Toledo

VII Century
Born c. 607 into a distinguished family of Toledo, Ildephonsus was the nephew of St. Eugenius of Toledo, whom he succeeded as archbishop c. 657, and may have been the pupil of Isidore of Seville. Ildephonsus became a monk, in spite of family objections, at the Benedictine house at Agalia, of which he was later the abbot. He attended the Councils of Toledo in 653 and 655, and he wrote a treatise on the virginity of the Theotokos, against the teachings of Jovinian and Helvidius, which seem to have persisted after their deaths. Most of Ildephonsus' theological writings are lost, and among his extant works is a history of the Spanish church. Ildephonsus, who died in 667, was a popular subject in mediŠval art and is the patron of a pueblo in New Mexico.

Karen Rae Keck


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