Saint Gerold, Tree Hermit
April 19 is the Commemoration of Saint Gerold (d.978), a nobleman who became a hermit in Switzerland. He was born into the Rhaetian family of Saxony counts.
Becoming a recluse, Gerold gave his lands to Einsiedeln Monastery in Switzerland, where his sons were monks. Gerold then became a hermit, living in an oak tree in a forest near Mitternach in the Waalgu.
His relics were located in the Priory of Saint Gerold, Grosses Walsertal, Bludenz Bezirk, Vorarlberg, Austria.