Book of Saints – Meinrad

Saint Meinrad stained glass window, Saint Meinrad Abbey, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, USA; artist unknown; many thanks to Novice Shawn Henderson; pray for Shawn's vocationArticle

(Saint) Martyr (January 21) (9th century) A Saint of Eastern France, who became when in his twenty-fifth year a monk at Reichenau, near Lake Constance. After being ordained priest, he was employed for some years in the care of souls and in the instruction of youth. But in middle life he felt called to solitude, and at length found a resting-place in a dense forest in Switzerland, where he built a cell and a chapel, placing therein a statue of the Blessed Virgin presented to him by a Benedictine Abbess. This statue came to be called that of “Our Lady of the Hermits,” and the chapel itself Einsiedeln (Hermitage). Saint Meinrad, after several years passed there as a Recluse, was murdered by some ruffians, who thought to discover hidden treasures in the poor hermitage (A.D. 861). On the spot arose the celebrated Abbey of Einsiedeln, still flourishing in our own day. Saint Meinrad was canonised about A.D. 1000, and is traditionally venerated as a Martyr.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Meinrad”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 March 2015. Web. 27 May 2017. <>