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Hildegard’s Life.

Hildegard de Bingen was born in Bermershiem, near Alzey ( about 20 km south-west of  cathedral city of Mainz), maybe in the summer of the year1098.

She had her first visionary experience before she was 5 years old.

She was sent by her noble parents to the Benedictine monastery at Disibodenberg when she was eight.  She lived and was raised by the Anchoress Jutta who taught her the daily routine of being in a monastic environment.

By 1113, the same year she became a nun at fifteen or sixteen, the recluse’s cell had become a small Benedictine convent that was connected and dependent on the monastery at Disibodenberg.

When Jutta died, Hildegard was promoted to Abbess in 1136. Papal approval in 1147 allowed her to write out her visions that accumulated in her three published books. With that approval, Hildegard started to get fame and respect that changed everything about her and her surrounding at the monastery in Disibodenberg. Under her new power of recognition, she decided to start a new life at Bingen with a new abbey at a place called Rupertsberg for nuns only, and not share premises with monks. Yet, the spiritual needs for priest to say mass at the new abbey will keep the connection to her former place at Disibodenberg.

Hildegard preached and travel in there major tours in Germany from 1160-1179. Her lifelong companion and secretary Volmar died in 1175. Hildegard died not long after in 1179 on September 17, 1179. That day is still celebrated today in honor of this remarkable women.

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