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Blessed Odo of Novara
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Odo of Novara, by Daniele Crespi (1629), Garegnano Charterhouse in Milan.
Born c. 1105, Novara, Italy
Died 1200, Tagliacozzo, Italy
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 1859
Feast 14 January

Odo of Novara (c. 1105 - 1200) was an Italian Carthusian monk.

A native of Novara, he was appointed as prior of Geirach in Slovenia. However, he experienced difficulties with Dietrich, the local bishop, who persecuted him. Odo went to Rome to request the pope to relieve him of his office.[1]

After resigning as prior, he became a chaplain for many decades at the monastery at Tagliacozzo.

Veneration

After his death, an inquiry into his manner of life was ordered by Gregory IX.[2] He was described at the inquiry by Richard, bishop of Trivento, as a "God-fearing man, modest and chaste, given up day and night to watching and prayer, clad only in rough garments of wool, living in a tiny cell… obeying always the sound of the bell when it called him to office."[3]

References

  1. Alban Butler, Paul Burns, Butler's Lives of the Saints (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000), 96.
  2. Alban Butler, Paul Burns, Butler's Lives of the Saints (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000), 96.
  3. Alban Butler, Paul Burns, Butler's Lives of the Saints (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000), 96.

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