Book of Saints – Anno


ANNO (HANNO) (Saint) Bishop (December 4) (11th century) A German nobleman who renounced a promising military career to become a priest. His distinction in sacred and profane studies attracted the attention of the Emperor, Henry III, who summoned him to his court and found in him a wise adviser. Raised to the dignity of Archbishop of Cologne, he proved himself as zealous Pastor of souls. On the death of Henry III, his widow, the Empress Agnes, induced Saint Anno to act as Regent during the minority of her son, the Emperor Henry IV. This misguided young man, however, resenting the remonstrances of Saint Anno, occasioned by the tyrannical form of government he affected, removed the. holy prelate from his Episcopal city, though constrained by popular clamour speedily to restore him. Nevertheless, he persecuted the Saint to the day of the latter’s death (December 4, A.D. 1075), Such was Saint Anno’s charity to the poor that, on his deathbed, he was found to be destitute of the wherewithal to purchase food and medicine. He was interred in the Abbey Church of Siegberg.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Anno”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 July 2012. Web. 17 January 2019. <>