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St Gotthard

(960—1038)


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(960/61–1038),

Bp. of Hildesheim from 1022. He made his monastic profession at Niederaltaich in 991, becoming abbot in 996. The Emp. Henry I commissioned him to reform many of the monasteries in Upper Germany. The St Gotthard Pass in the Alps is said to take its name from a former chapel dedicated to him on the summit. Feast day, 4 May.

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