Feast day: May 5th
When did St. Gotthard of Hildesheim live: 960 - 1038
Biography of St. Gotthard of Hildesheim:
St. Gotthard was born in Southern Germany and studied humanities and theology before moving to Salzburg where he became an ecclesiastical administrator. He continued his studies after having travelled many counties and then became provost in 996, monk in 990, priest in 993 and finally abbot in 996. The Rule of St. Benedict was revived through him and he became bishop of Hildesheim in 1022. Gotthard had great influence in the building of about thirty churches and died after a short sickness in 1038.
Patronage: St. Gotthard is patron saint of traveling merchants, against dropsy, childhood sickness, the pain of childbirth, fever and gout.
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Gotthard of Hildesheim - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Gotthard of Hildesheim is shown as a bishop with miter, crosier, book and little model of a church. There is a dragon at his feet.