St. REMY, Archbishop of Rheims and Apostle to the Franks
The bishop who baptized Clovis and 3,000 of his
Frankish subjects (495) was born c. 437/438 at
Laon into a noble Gallo-Roman family. The
son of Count Emilianus and St. Celina,
Remigius was educated at Rheims and appointed archbishop in 459. His
episcopacy, which ended with his death c. 530/535, is one of the
longest in the history of the church. Remigius, who converted many
pagans and Arians, was famous for his erudition and for his preaching.
Called the Apostle to the Franks, he established sees in several
Frankish cities, including Laon, Tournai, and Térouanne. Legends
say that he gave Clovis the power of the King's Touch.
Karen Rae Keck
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