Book of Saints – Anschar


ANSCHAR (ANSGAR, SCHARIES) (Saint) Bishop (February 3) (9th century) A native of Amiens (France), who at an early age entered the Benedictine Abbey of Corbie, under the Abbot Saint Adelard. Sent out as a missionary, he preached the Gospel with signal success in Denmark, Sweden and north Germany, establishing everywhere churches and schools. He became the first Archbishop of Hamburg, and Pope Gregory IV appointed him his legate in the north of Europe. Christianity was on the point of dying out in Scandinavia when Saint Anschar devoted himself to the work of re-kindling the Faith among the Norsemen. He himself led a life of great austerity, but was indefatigable in his charity to the poor. He died at Bremen A.D. 865.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Anschar”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 July 2012. Web. 23 February 2019. <>