Feast day: July 13th
When did St. Henry live: 972- 1024
Biography of St. Henry:
St. Henry was born in 972 as the child of Henry, duke of Bavaria. He was educated by St. Wolfgang and succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria in 995. Only seven years later, he was elected emperor after the passing away of his cousin, Otto III. Henry was a great emperor and had great influence in the spreading of the Christian religion. He often donated to the church and built the Cathedral of Bamberg. His empire was attacked several times during his reign, but he always ended the wars as a winner. Henry died in 1024 at the castle of Grone.
Patronage: St. Henry is patron saint of the childless, the Dukes, the handicapped and of those rejected by religious order
Statues and wooden sculptures from Val Gardena representing St. Henry - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Henry is shown as an emperor with royal insignia, the crown and the scepter. In his left hand, he holds a model of a cathedral as a symbol for his efforts for Christianity and the cathedral that he founded.