Feast day: June 30th
When did St. Otto of Bamberg live: 1060 - 1139
Biography of St. Otto of Bamberg
Otto was born in 1060 in Swabia as the son of a noble family. In 1090, he started serving the Emperor Henry IV and was later in 1101 appointed Chancellor of the Holy Roman Empire. During this time, he noticed Henry's attitude towards the Holy See, and did not agree with his policies. This is why, when he was elected bishop, he refused to be consecrated until receiving full approval by the Pope. Otto converted many and stabilised the relationship between the Holy See and the Roman Empire. He died in Bamberg in 1139 and was canonised only 50 years later.
Patronage: St. Otto of Bamberg is patron saint against fever, rabies, the co-patron of the Archdiocese of Berlin
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Otto - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Otto is shown as a bishop with miter, crosier, cross around his neck, book, inkwell and nib.