Bernard de Menthon, Saint

Bernard de Menthon, Saint

▪ Italian vicar
also called  Bernard Of Aosta, or Bernard Of Montjoux,  Italian  San Bernardino De Mentone 
died 1081?, ; feast day May 28

      vicar general of Aosta diocese (now in Italy) who reestablished and was patron of hospices at the summits of two Alpine passes, renamed after him the Great and Little St. Bernard passes. Also named for him in time were the hospices' St. Bernard dogs, famed for rescuing lost travelers.

      Bernard became concerned for the safety of travelers, often pilgrims to Rome, who crossed the mountains by way of the two passes leading into Aosta. The rest houses that he established there were tended by clerics and laymen and welcomed all travelers. In 1923 Pope Pius XI named him patron saint of mountain climbers.

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