Saint Odilia of Alsace

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Odilia, by Burckhardt, 1899; Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Bas-Rhin Scherwiller, Alsace, France; photographed on 19 August 2015 by Ralph Hammann; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Odilia of Hohenbourg
  • Odilia of Hohenburg
  • Adilia…
  • Odile…
  • Odilia…
  • Othilia…
  • Ottilia…



Born blind to the family of the Duke of Alsace Lord Aldaric (aka Etichon, aka Athich) and Bereswinda; because she was a girl and disabled, the family decided to put her out. Rather that having her killed, she was given to a peasant family. Taken in by a convent at age twelve, she gained her sight upon being touched by chrism during her baptism by Saint Erhard of Regensburg. Her brother wanted her back for use in an arranged marriage; when he heard of his son’s machinations and Odilia’s miraculous healing, her father was so angry that he struck and killed the brother. Odilia raised her brother back to life, then fled to the convent to escape the marriage. Her father followed her, but when a mountain opened a cave to hide her, and then dropped rocks on him, he gave up the idea. She joined the abbey, and eventually became abbess. Founded the Hohenburg Abbey on the Odilienberg mountain in Alsace.


  • c.660 at Oberheim in the Vosges Mountains





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Odilia of Alsace“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 August 2021. Web. 26 October 2021. <>