Feast day of St. Meinhard: 26th September
When did St. Meinhard of Hersfeld live: in the eleventh century
Saint Meinhard of Hersfeld was a benedictine monk in Hersfeld who was elected abbot in 1036. One year after his consacration, his monastery burnt down due to a fire and Meinhard put great efforts in rebuilding it. He was known for his severe attitude and his zeal for science. His episcopacy was overshadowed by a conflict with bishop Burkhard of Halberstadt. Meinhard died in 1059
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Meinhard of Hersfeld - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Meinhard of Hersfeld is shown as an abbot with abbot's crook, cross around his neck and books.