ST. RALPH, ARCHBISHOP OF BOURGES, C.
HE was of the royal blood of France, being son of
the count of Cahors, and lord of Turenne. Making Christ his only
inheritance, he took the monastic habit in 822; and was made
archbishop of Bourges in 840. He founded seven monasteries, and was
indefatigable in reforming the manners of his flock. For the
direction of his clergy he compiled a book of canons under the title
of Pastoral Instructions, published by Baluze in his miscellanies.1
He died on the 21st of June, 866. See Ado in Martyr. Mabillon, Act.
Bened. t. 6, p. 184. Ceillier, t. 19, p. 133.