Saints of the Day – Blessed Godfrey of Cappenberg, Premonstratensian

Blessed Godfrey of CappenbergArticle

Born at Cappenberg Castle, Westphalia, Germany, in 1097; died January 30, 1127. Blessed Godfrey was a count, who owned large estates. He made the acquaintance of Saint Norbert and, in the midst of violent opposition from his family, deeded his lands to the holy founder, turned his castle into a Praemonstratensian abbey, and himself joined the order with his brother, while his wife and two sisters took the veil in a convent which he founded for them. He died at the age of 30 before he could be ordained to the priesthood (Benedictines). In art, Blessed Godfrey is portrayed as a Praemonstratensian carrying bread in a bowl with two loaves at his feet. Sometimes he holds a skull or a church (Ilberstadt or Varlar) (Roeder).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 September 2021. Web. 30 November 2021. <>