Blessed Berthold of Garsten

detail of a statue of Blessed Berthold of Garsten, Kaiserstiege, Göttweig, Lower Austria; by Johann Schmidt, date unknown; photographed in August 2012 by Karl Gruber; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Berthold de Rachez



Born to the nobility. Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Saint Blaise in the Black Forest in Germany. Priest. Prior of Gottweig Abbey in 1107. Developed and served as first abbot of Garsden Abbey in 1111. Introduced the Hirsau Reforms into Austria. Known for his strict adherence to the Benedictine Rule, charity to the poor, and endless work as a spiritual director to visitors and the laity.




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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Berthold of Garsten“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 October 2018. Web. 26 October 2021. <>