Saint Emma of Bremen

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Emma of Bremen dispensing alms; Church of Saint John, Bremen, Germany; artist unknown; photographed on 6 April 2006 by Jürgen Howaldt; swiped off WikipediaAlso known as

  • Emma of Lesum
  • Emma of Stiepel
  • Hemma of….
  • Imma of….



Born to the Saxon nobility; the sister of Bishop Meinwerk of Paderborn, Germany. Lay woman, married to Luidger, the son of a Saxon duke. In 1008 she built a church on land given to her by the pope. Mother of one, who would become Bishop Imad of Paderborn. Widowed in 1011. She devoted herself and her fortune to charity to the poor of Bremen, Germany, support of the cathedral, and the construction of churches.




  • never formally canonized
  • a popular devotion developed immediately upon her death
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Emma of Bremen“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 December 2017. Web. 24 October 2020. <>