Saint Lioba of Bischofsheim

detail of a statue of Saint Lioba; date and artist unknown; Schornsheim, Germany; photographed on 28 September 2007 by Kandschwar; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Lioba of Wimborne
  • Leoben of…
  • Liobgytha of…
  • Liobgetha of…
  • Truthgeba of…



Born to the Wessex nobility to parents who had long prayed for a child. Relative of Saint Boniface with whom she corresponded for several years. Educated at the convent of Minster-in-Thanet and in Wimborne in Dorset, England. Nun at Wimborne at a time when Saint Tetta of Wimborne served as abbess.

In 748 Lioba led a group of 30 nuns, one of whom was Saint Agatha of Wimborne to Germany to help the missionary work of Saint Boniface and found convents. They based their work at Bischofsheim in Würzburg, Franconia, followed the Benedictine Rule, and Lioba served as abbess. Noted for her intelligence, her endless optimism and positive attitude for the work, and her constant study of the scriptures. Her work and the houses she founded were instrumental in the conversion of Germany to Christianity.

Lioba retired from her position in 776 only to start another house Schornsheim, Mainz. Visited the court of Charlemagne in Aachen, Germany and became a close friend of Empress Hildegard. The Benedictines of Saint Lioba are based in Frederiksberg, Denmark.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Lioba of Bischofsheim“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 February 2020. Web. 16 September 2021. <>