St. Boniface of Lausanne was born in Belgium. He studied in Paris and was well-known for his university lectures.
He eventually taught at the cathedral school in Cologne, Germany, and it was there that he was appointed bishop of Lausanne, Switzerland.
As bishop, he was attacked for pointing out the corruption of the clergy and emperor, so he asked the pope to release him from being a bishop. Afterward, he lived the rest of his days at a Cistercian nunnery in Brussels, Belgium.
He died in 1260, and we honor him on Feb. 19.