New Catholic Dictionary – Blessed Hermann Joseph

detail from 'Vision of Blessed Joseph Herman' by Anthony Van Dyck, 1629, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, AustriaArticle

Born Cologne, Germany, 1150; died Hoven, 1241. At a very early age, Hermann had a tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Entering the monastery of the Premonstratensian Canons at Steinfeld (1162) he was ordained and appointed chaplain of the Cistercian nuns at Hoven. He soon became known by the name of Joseph, which the Blessed Virgin, calling him her chaplain and spouse, bestowed on him. Represented in art, offering an apple to the statue of the Virgin and Child. The cause of his canonization was begun, 1626, but interrupted. Relics at Steinfeld, Cologne, and Antwerp. Feast, 7 April.

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