La Roche (Aymon), Ralph de

a French prelate, was born about 1160. He was a Cistercian monk, was at first abbot of Igny, in the diocese of Rheims, and in 1224 was deemed worthy to succeed St. Bernard at Clairvaux. Having occupied this see for eight years, he was called to govern the Church of Agen, from which Gregory IX transferred him, in 1235, to the metropolitan see of Lyons. Here he died March 5, 1236. His memory is celebrated March 5, and he is called the Happy Ralph de la Roche. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.