In the time of Bernard, travelers crossed the snowy Alpine Mountains during the winter. Bernard, also known as Bernard of Menthon, set up rest stops on two of the mountaintops, and helped clear the mountains of robbers. His successors raised dogs for search and rescue atop these mountains and labeled them Saint Bernards.
b. c.923 Menthon, Savoy d.1008 Novara, Italy
Patronage: Mountaineers, Skiers, Alps, Alpinists
Feast Day: May 28