Saint Conrad of Constance

detail of a statue of Saint Conrad of Constance, date and artist unknown; entrace of the minster in Constance, Germany; photographed on 14 January 2012 by joergens.mi; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Konrad of Konstanz



Second son of Count Heinrich von Altdorf, part of the Guelf family. Educated at the cathedral school at Constance, Germany (in modern Switzerland). Priest. Provost of the cathedral. Bishop of Constance from 934 to 975. Made three pilgrimages to the Holy Lands. Accompanied Emperor Otto I to Rome, Italy. Renovated churches in his diocese, and built three new ones on lands he inherited. Known for his charity to the poor, and his lack of concern over the power politics that occupied so many other bishops of the day.

During Mass one day a spider dropped into the chalice of Precious Blood; though Conrad believed all spiders were poisonous, his love of communion overcame his fear, and he drank the Blood, spider and all. He did, of course, survive.

On 14 September 948 Conrad was witness to the miraculous consecration of the Chapel of Mary, Einsiedeln, Switzerland by Christ and some angels.


  • 975 of natural causes




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Conrad of Constance“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 August 2020. Web. 23 January 2022. <>