New Catholic Dictionary – Blessed Henry Suso

painting of 'Blessed Henry Suso', c.1636-1638, by Francisco de Zurbarán, oil on canvas, 209x154 cm, Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville, SpainArticle

Confessor, Dominican mystic, born Constance, Germany, c.1295; died Ulm, 1366. He studied at Cologne under Eckhart the celebrated mystic. From his eighteenth year his life was dominated by a burning love for the Eternal Wisdom. Though an esteemed preacher his great work was as a spiritual director, his influence being particularly noticeable in the convents of KatherinenthaI and Toss. His “Little Book of Eternal Wisdom” is a most beautiful fruit of German mysticism. For centuries his works influenced spiritual writers and have contributed much to the formation of German prose. Represented with the Holy Name on his chest. Cult approved, 1831. Feast, 2 March.

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Henry Suso”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 May 2016. Web. 12 December 2017. <>