Daily Martyrology for May 5

In 449, at Arles, St. Hilary. When his relative St. Honoratus (January 16) was called from Lérins to be bishop of Arles, he took Hilary with him. At the age of 29, Hilary was chosen to succeed Honoratus. As bishop he continued to live as a monk.

In 1038, at Hildesheim, St. Gothard, bishop. He was educated by the canons of Niederaltaich and joined them. When the monastery became Benedictine, Gothard became a monk and then abbot. He championed the renewal of monastic life and reformed the monasteries of Tegernsee, Hersfeld and Kremsmünster. When Gothard was sixty, Henry II appointed him bishop of Hildesheim. He was an energetic bishop, with a special concern for the destitute.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.