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Margaret Pitner wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am 61 years old. At the time of my Confirmation I choose the name of Gretchen as my patron saint. I am trying to find out more about this saint but worry there is no such saint.

  • Is there a Saint Gretchen?

The web is not helping as there appears to be no information on St. Gretchen.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.



  { Can you help me find more information on my patron saint, Saint Gretchen? }

Bob replied:


A priest friend gave me this response:

Gretchen is a German diminutive of Margaret (Margareta, Greta) and is probably for St. Margaret Hohenfels of Bingen (d 1150), who with sister St. Ida, was a Benedictine nun and student of St. Hildegard of Bingen.

Gretchen/Margareta later became prioress appointed by St Hildegard.

Hope this helps.


Bob Kirby

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