St. Cloud (Clodoald)
St. Cloud was named after the city of the same name in France by suggestion of the city plotter. The city is a suburb of Paris, best known at the time for where Napoleon spent his summers. It is doubtful that the area settlers understood that in agreeing to the name, they were placing the protection of the city under one of the first saints of the Christian faith.

Saint Cloud, or Clodoad, was born in 522 to a life of nobility. His grandfather was King Clovis the First, one of the most important figures in Frankish history. But while born into a life of privilege, Saint Cloud and his two brothers were under constant threat of death due to relatives seeking to usurp the throne.

Choosing a life of service to God, Saint Cloud renounced his nobility and became a monk under the protection of St. Severnius of Noricum, another important saint in the early Latin Church of the West. He lived as a hermit for 11 years, studying the scriptures and receiving visitors who sought his wisdom and healing powers. At length, recognizing that a life of blessed solitude was not what God had in His plans, St. Cloud returned to Paris where he was ordained as a priest and served for some years before becoming an abbot of a monastery in Norgent-Sur-Seine. Saint Cloud went into repose in 560; his feast day is on September 7th. His relics remain in the village church, with a small portion also residing at St. Mary's Cathedral in downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Although not celebrated in the cultural tradition of the Orthodox faith, Saint Cloud is recognized as a saint as from before the Great Schism that separated the Latin West and the Greek-speaking East. He is the patron saint of not only our beloved city, but also those suffering from a particular skin disorder and nailmakers. In church iconography he would be shown in monastic robes, sometimes instructing the poor or offering his hood to an unfortunate person.

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