New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Engelbert of Cologne


Martyr, Archbishop of Cologne, born Berg, Germany, 1185; died near Schwelm, 1225. His father was Engelbert, Count of Berg. While still a boy he was given a provostship in three churches, but he led a worldly life and was finally excommunicated with his cousin Adolf, Archbishop of Cologne, whom he succeeded in 1216, after having submitted and sought to make atonement. As archbishop he gained the universal veneration of his people whose religious life he strove to uplift. In 1222 he crowned at Aachen the youthful Henry VII, whose guardian he was and in whose name he governed the empire. Urged by the pope and the emperor to protect the nuns of Essen against their secular administrator, his cousin Frederick of Isenberg, he incurred the enmity of the count, who caused him to be attacked and killed. He was considered to have made amends by his martyrdom for his human weakness, but was never formally canonized. Represented blessing his executioners. Feast, 7 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Engelbert of Cologne”. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 November 2010. Web. 6 December 2020. <>