Hildegrim of Châlons

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Hildegrim[1] (c. 750 – 19 June 827) was Bishop of Châlons from 804 to 810 and second abbot of the Werden monastery, after his elder brother Ludger, from 809 until his death.

Life[edit]

Like his brother Ludger, Hildegrim was of Christian Frisian noble descent. He presumably stayed at the Bendedictine abbey of Monte Cassino and received a thorough liberal arts education at the Utrecht Cathedral School, founded by Bishop Gregory, and in York under Alcuin. Mentioned as deacon in 793, he was ordained a priest three years later.

About 804 he became Bishop of Châlons. Upon Ludger's death in 809, he succeeded him as Abbot of Werden and Helmstedt in 809.[2]

He is also traditionally given as the first Bishop of Halberstadt, a position now discounted by scholars;[3] nevertheless, Hildegrim is known to have been active in spreading Christianity as a missionary into the Osterwieck and Halberstadt region after the Saxon Wars of Charlemagne.

Hildegrim is buried in the crypt of the Werden Abbey church. He is a Catholic and Orthodox[4] saint, remembered on June 19.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also Hildegrin, Hildigrin, Hildegrimus, Hildigrimus.
  2. ^ Imperial Bishops: H-P Archived January 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Schaff, Philip. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge . page 119, page 505.
  4. ^ Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome
  5. ^ "June 19". Saint of the Day. St. Patricks's Catholic Church. 

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