- Anno of Cologne
A pious child. As a young man Anno became a soldier, and considered a military career; however, with the help of his uncle, the canon of Bamberg, he answered the call to religious life. He had a background in literature as well as theology, was an eloquent speaker, and considered quite handsome by writers of the day. Priest. Bishop and then archbishop of Cologne, Germany in 1055.
Anno became a member of the court of Holy Roman Emperor Henry III where he was known for his life of prayer. At one point he became so influential that he drew the reprimand of Pope Nicholas II for excess involvement in civil matters. Following the emperor’s death, Anno was made regent for the young Henry IV. Henry rebelled against Anno’s strict discipline and had him removed. However, the young Henry‘s companions were so corrupt that reform was required; in 1072 they were all thrown out, and Anno was brought in as regent again.
Anno supported the reforms led by Saint Peter Damian, and helped found monasteries in the region. He was involved in the disputes between Pope Alexander II and anti-pope Honorius II, supporting the legitimate Alexander and drawing the ire of many countrymen. Anno had his nephew, Cunon, chosen bishop of Trier, Germany; Cunon was opposed and then murdered by Count Theodoric. Anno spent his final years in Michaelsberg Abbey in Siegburg, Germany, praying and doing penance for this incident and others.
- “Saint Anno II“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 November 2009. Web. 3 June 2015. <>