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 diocess of Frisinguen, and of Chremsmunster, in that of Passaw. In 1021, the episcopal chair of Hildesheim falling vacant by the death of Saint Bernward, Saint Godard was compelled by Saint Henry to take upon him that pastoral charge. The relief of the poor, both spiritual and temporal, was every where 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, 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. Several very devout epistles of Saint Godard, or Godehard, are given us by Dom. Pez, in his Codex Diplomatico-Historico-Epistolaris.
- Father Alban Butler. “Saint Godard, Bishop of Hildesheim, Confessor”. , 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 May 2013. Web. 23 October 2016. <>