Bl. Herman the Cripple


 
 Bl. Herman the Cripple Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/25


Also known as

    * Herman Contractus
    * Herman of Reichenau

Memorial

    * 25 September

Profile

    Born with a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida to a farm family. His parents cared for him until the age of seven, but in 1020 they gave him over to the abbey of Reichenau Island in Lake Constance in southern Germany; he spent the rest of his life there. He became a Benedictine monk at age twenty. A genius, he studied and wrote on astronomy, theology, math, history, poetry, Arabic, Greek, and Latin. He built musical instruments, and astronomical equipment. In later life he became blind, and had to give up his academic writing. The most famous religious poet of his day, he is the author of Salve Regina and Alma Redemptoris Mater.

Born

    * 18 February 1013 at Altshausen, Swabia (in modern Germany)

Died

    * 21 September 1054 at Reichenau abbey, Germany of natural causes

Beatified

    * 1863 by Pope Pius IX (cultus confirmed)
 



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