Popular Bavarian saint of the 8th century, whose birth and origins are unknown. He seems to have been a wandering ascetic from the north, who was also a muleteer and was probably never a member of any religious order. He is supposed to have settled in Neuhausen (now in the northwest section of Munich), which claims him as patron and where he is buried in St. Nicholas church. He is invoked for good weather and against cattle plague.
Feast: Dec. 29.
Bibliography: m. rader, Bavaria sancta, 2 v. (Munich 1615–28) 1:43–45. j. e. stadler and f. j. heim, Vollständiges Heiligen-Lexikon, 5 v. (Augsburg 1858–82). f. doyÉ, Heilige und Selige der römisch-katholischen Kirche, 2 v. (Leipzig 1930) 2:561. r. bauerreiss, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner (Freiburg 1957–65) 10:940.
[w. e. wilkie]