Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Henry.

Here’s what you need to know…

Henry II was a Holy Roman Emperor from 1014 until his death in 1024.

His vast kingdom covered modern day Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, and northern Italy.

Unlike many rulers of the time, Henry was well known for his humility, and charity to the poor.

Henry was an oblate of the Benedictine Order, and donated large amounts of his wealth to churches and monasteries.

After several years of illness, St. Henry II died in July 1024. 

St. Henry II was canonized in 1147 by Pope Blessed Eugenius. Henry’s wife, Cunigunde, was also canonized a Saint in 1200.

St. Henry, ora pro nobis.

Happy Feast Day everybody!