Walter of Birbeck, Bl.

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Cistercian monk; b. Birbeck (Birbach), in the Brabant, between 1154 and 1160; d. Himmerod Abbey, c. 1206. A relative of Duke Henry the Lion, he entered the Abbey of himmerod c. 1182. He was noted for his devotion to Mary. His personality gave rise to numerous legends, and in the Middle Ages he was publicly venerated at Himmerod.

Feast: Jan. 22.

Bibliography: Acta Sanctorum Jan. 2:6063. caesarius of heisterbach, The Dialogue on Miracles 7.38, tr. h. von e. scott and c. c. s. bland, 2 v. (London 1929). m. gloning, Cistercienser-Chronik 9 (1897) 170174. a. m. zimmermann, Kalendarium Bendictinum: Die Heiligen und Seligen des Benediktinerorderns und seiner Zweige, 4 v. (Metten 193338) 1:115117. e. mÜller, in Unsere Liebe Frau von Himmerod 31 (1961) 5155, 8589.

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