He was a native of Bavaria, and abbot of
Altaich, in that country, and reformed likewise the abbeys of Hersfeld, in Hesse, of Tergensee, in
the diocese of Frisinguen, and of Chremsmunster, in that of Passaw. In 1021, the episcopal chair of
Hildesheim falling vacant by the death of St. Bernward, St. Godard was compelled by St. Henry to
take upon him that pastoral charge.
The relief of the poor, both spiritual and temporal, was everywhere the first object of his attention. He died on the 4th of May, 1038, and was canonized by Innocent II in 1131. Many places in Germany acknowledge him patron, and several bear his name. See his life by Wolfhert, his disciple, in Henschenius, p. 501, and in Mabillon: and more at large, with long histories of miracles, among the writers of the history of the most illustrious house of Brunswick-Hanover, t. 2, p. 483. Several very devout epistles of St. Godard, or Godehard, are given us by Dom. Pez, in his Codex Diplomatico-Historico-Epistolaris, p. 133, &c.
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