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Boniface of Brussels

Bishop of Lausanne
Boniface de Bruxelles.JPG
Stained-glass window in the Saint-Peter's Church in Brussels.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
InstalledMarch 1231
Term ended1239
PredecessorGuillaume di Cenblens
SuccessorJean di Cossonay
Consecrationc. 1231
Personal details
Birth nameBoniface
Brussels, Belgium
Died19 February 1260 (aged 69)
La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium
Feast day19 February
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
by Pope Clement VIII
Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal States
by Pope Clement XI
AttributesEpiscopal attire

Saint Boniface (1183 – 19 February 1260) was a Belgian Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Bishop of Lausanne from circa 1231 until 1239 when he resigned after agents of Frederick II assaulted him.[1][2] His relics are housed at the Kapellekerk and at La Cambre where he had died.[3]



Boniface was born in Belgium in 1183 and in 1200 moved from home to go to Paris for his studies at the college there. Boniface taught dogma and became a popular lecturer. He was ordained to the priesthood while in France and from 1222 until 1229 taught at the college. But there soon became a bitter dispute between the teachers and students which prompted him to leave and find work elsewhere.[3] He later taught until 1231 in Cologne at the cathedral school.[2][1]

He became the Bishop of Lausanne in 1231 and was enthroned in his new see in March 1231 after receiving his episcopal consecration. He was enthusiastic about this appointment but was faced with corrupt priests which he condemned in a pulpit address while also singling out King Frederick II.[3] The king sent his agents to attack Boniface who sustained serious injuries but managed to escape. He travelled to Rome and secured permission from a reluctant Pope Gregory IX to resign. The pope wanted to make him the bishop of another see though Boniface refused the offer.[1]

In 1245 he attended the First Council of Lyon which Pope Innocent IV had convoked.

Boniface died in 1260; his coffin is small because it contains assorted vertebrae and pelvic bones rather than an actual skeleton.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Saint Boniface of Lausanne". Saints SQPN. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "St. Boniface of Lausanne". Catholic Online. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "St. Boniface of Lausanne (Feast: February 19)". America Needs Fatima. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Saint Boniface". Find a Grave. 2 April 1999. Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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