Saints of the Day – Adelelmus, O.S.B., Abbot

detail from a 17th century portrait of Saint Adelelmus; artust unknown; Cathedral of Burgos, Spain; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(also known as Aleaume, Elesmes, Lesmes) Born at Laudun, Poitou; died c.1100. Saint Adelelmus was a soldier, who on his return from a pilgrimage to Rome met Saint Robert, founder of Chaise-Dieu, and joined his community. He seems to have been abbot there for a time. In 1079, he was called to Burgos, Old Castile, by Queen Constance of Burgundy, wife of Alphonsus VI of Castile. Adelelmus received from the king a church and a hospital by the gates of Burgos, where the great abbey of Saint John (now the Church of Saint Lesmes) was founded with the saint as first abbot. Later he fought against the Moors (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson). Adelelmus is pictured as a Benedictine abbot with an axe. Sometimes he is shown with Robert of Chaise Dieu. He is venerated at Burgos and Chaise-Dieu (Roeder).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2021. Web. 30 November 2021. <>