Feastday St. Erhard: January the 8th
When did St. Erhard live: 7th century
Biography of St. Erhard:
St. Ehard of Regensburg is probably a saint of Irish origins. He went to Germany as a missionary bishop and worked mainly around Regensburg. During his life he founded many monasteries and became bishop of Regensburg. According to the legend St. Erhard briefed Saint Odilia on religion and when he baptised her, her congenital blindness miraculously was cured. It is also told that he felled the tree of pagandom with an axe.
Statues and sculptures of St. Erhard - portrayal, imagery and emblem: The statue represents St. Erhard as a bishop with a book on which are carved two eyes and an axe.
Patronage St. Erhard: Patron of shoemakers, of droves and protector against eye problems