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.


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]


  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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