(Godehardus, Gothard) (Saint) Bishop (May 4) (11th century) Born in Bavaria and highly cultured, he forsook the world to become a monk in the Abbey of Altaich. Successively Prior and Abbot, he was finally compelled, in spite of his reluctance, to accept the Bishopric of Hildesheim (Hanover). He was zealous in promoting Ecclesiastical discipline, and in the cause of the education of the young. In the interests of the poor he built a hospital, and otherwise lavished care on them. He died a holy death (A.D. 1038) in the nineteenth year of his Episcopate, and was canonised by Pope Innocent II (A.D. 1131).
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Godard”. , 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 16 July 2013. Web. 2 September 2014. <>