(790 - 860)
Feast Day: April 26
St. Radbertus was born in France. No one knows who his parents were. They
left their newborn infant on the doorstep of the Notre-Dame of Soissons
convent. The nuns loved and cared for the baby. They named him
When he was old enough for school, Radbertus was sent to the monks of St.
Peter nearby. The boy loved learning and especially enjoyed the Latin
classics. When he grew up, he spent many years in quiet study.
Then, he felt God calling him to become a monk. He joined a community led
by two good and pious abbots, St. Adalhard and his brother, Abbot Wala.
Radbertus tried hard to be a holy monk, and often went with the two
abbots on their journeys. After they died, he wrote stories about their
life called biographies.
Radbertus became a Scripture scholar. He wrote a long explanation about
the Gospel of St. Matthew. He wrote explanations on other parts of the
Bible, too. But his most well-known work is called "The Body and
Blood of Christ."
He was a very good teacher, and helped to make the monastery at Corbie
one of the most famous places of learning in those days. He traveled all
over Europe, speaking at councils, and acting as peacemaker in both
political and religious disagreements.
Radbertus did not think he would make a suitable priest, but he was made
the head and abbot of the Corbie monastery for seven years. Although he
did his best, his term as abbot was very difficult for him.
Then, he insisted on returning to his life of prayer, meditation, study
and writing. He spent the rest of his life as a hermit at the monastery
at Saint Riquiet at Cenula. He wrote a lot about history, philosophy and
Radbertus died in 860.