Book of Saints – Bernard of Menthon

detail of a photo of a statue of Saint Bernard that stands at Little Saint Bernard Pass, an area of the Alps between France and Italy; taken on 19 July 2006 by Vberger; swiped off the Wikipedia web siteArticle

(Saint) (June 15) (11th century) Born in Savoy A.D. 923, and styled Bernard of Menthon or Mentone, his birthplace, a village near Annecy. He studied under Peter of Aosta and was elected Archdeacon of that Diocese. He founded the Hospices of the Great and Little Saint Bernard, and began a community of Hospitallers under the Rule of Saint Augustine, earning himself by his zeal and charity to poor travellers and to the mountaineers of those regions the title of “Apostle of the Alps.” He died at Novara in Piedmont A.D. 1008, and was at once popularly venerated as a Saint, though not formally canonised till the Pontificate of Innocent XI (A.D. 1681). The community he established in the Alps, as is well known, still continues the charitable work he set them.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Bernard of Methon”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 August 2012. Web. 27 January 2022. <>