Blessed Frederick of Hirsau

illustration of Saint Frederick, from the book 'Saints of the Order of Saint Benedict', designed by Father Amandus LiebhaberMemorial


Born to the Swabian nobility. Benedictine monk at Einsideln, Germany. First abbot of the reconstructed Hirsau monastery in the Black Forest area on 7 March 1066. During his short abbacy, the house began its rise to become famed for the piety and learning of its brothers. However, Frederick’s insistence on strict adherence to the Benedictine Rule caused some of the monks to slander him and have him deposed in 1069. He stayed on for a while as a monk, but eventually retired to Ebersberg monastery near Heidelberg, Germany.



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  • “Blessed Frederick of Hirsau“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 November 2020. Web. 9 March 2021. <>