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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume VI: June. The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

June 29

St. Hemma, Widow

SHE was nearly allied to the holy emperor, St. Henry, and having sanctified the world and her family by her holy example in a married state, after the death of her husband, she founded the great double Benedictin monastery of Gurk, in Carinthia, for twenty monks and seventy-two nuns, in which she took the religious veil, and died the death of the saints in 1045. 1 See Papebroke, Jun. t. 5. p. 499.  1
Note 1. The Archbishop of Saltzburg, by the authority of Pope Alexander II. and the concurrence of Henry IV. founded a bishopric at Gurk in 1073, to which the revenues of this abbey were united in 1120, the nunnery being extinguished, and the monks made regular canons, who still serve that church, and are of the congregation of Lateran. [back]