Feast day: November 16th
When did St. Othmar live: 689- 759
Othmar was born in 689 and became monk and then priest, before being appointed abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Gall. He rebuilt the hermitage of the Irish monk Saint Gall and is often referred to as the founder of the monastery. It is said, that he also built the school of the abbey and cared for the sick and poor by building an almshouse and a hospital. Othmar died in exile on the island of Werd in Lake Constance, where he had to flee after false accusations made by two neighboring nobles. When his body was removed from its original grave, it was completely intact
Patronage: St. Othmar is patron saint of the city of Saint Gall
Statues and wooden sculptures from Val Gardena representing St. Othmar - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Othmar is shown as an abbot with grapes due to the legend that the men who removed his body from its original grave where very thirsty, but the wine in their only barrel did never finish, regardless of how much they drank.