St. Hugh was born in Burgundy, France in 1140. Hugh’s mother passed when he was only 8 years old. His father soon retired and went to live in a monastery where Hugh was raised and schooled. As a result, Hugh was drawn to monastic life. At age 15, Hugh joined the Augustinians, however, after a trip to the monastery of La Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps at the age of 23, Hugh decided to join the Carthusians instead. Hugh became a source of counsel for three kings throughout his life, Henry II, Richard I and John. King Henry appointed Hugh bishop of Lincoln. Hugh was at first apprehensive to accept the position but eventually did, making him the only Carthusian to have ever been a bishop in England. Hugh was also a force in the denouncement of the persecution of Jews across England in 1190-91. Hugh is considered the patron saint of sick children, sick people, shoemakers, and swans and he was canonized 20 years after his death in 1220. His feast day is November 16.
Questions for Reflection:
- Hugh of Lincoln was a proponent of social justice and religious tolerance. What causes have you stood up for? Is there a group of people or cause that you can help advocate for?
- Reach out to someone who is struggling with a difficult decision and simply lend an ear.