Book of Saints – Benno – 3 August


BENNO (Saint) Bishop (August 3) (10th century) A prince of the Royal House of Burgundy, who embraced the Ecclesiastical state and became Canon of Strasburg. This dignity, however, he soon renounced, and retired into solitude in Switzerland, where, over the ruined cell of Saint Meinrad the Martyr, he built a monastery for himself and his disciples, and thus founded the famous Abbey of Einsiedeln. The Emperor Henry the Fowler called him to the See of Metz, where, however, his zeal met with such hostility that he was assaulted, blinded, and driven out of the city. Returning to Einsiedeln, he survived for eleven years, and on his death (A.D. 940) was buried in the Ladye-Chapel of the Abbey Church.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Benno”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 August 2012. Web. 22 October 2020. <>