Blessed Feast of St. Engelbert! Engelbert II was born circa 1185 in western Ger…

Blessed Feast of St. Engelbert!

Engelbert II was born circa 1185 in western Germany, a son of Count Engelbert I of Berg and his wife Margarete of Guelders. He was educated at the cathedral school in Cologne and, at the age of 13, held the office of provost of St. George in Cologne. For the next 17 years, Engelbert II was cathedral provost at Cologne Cathedral. He was elected Bishop of Münster in 1203 but he declined because of his young age.

Engelbert was excommunicated by Pope Innocent III in 1206, on account of his support for his cousin Adolf of Altena, archbishop of Cologne, in the interests of Philip of Swabia against Otto of Brunswick but was pardoned in 1208. In 1212, as an act of penance for his earlier rebellion, he took part in the Albigensian Crusade. He gave his allegiance to the future Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, after the Battle of Bouvines in 1214.

Engelbert was elected Archbishop of Cologne in 1216, at the age of 35, and was consecrated the following year, in which office he remained for the rest of his life. Engelbert earned the respect and affection of his subjects through his devotion to justice and his energy in maintaining law, and took great pains to ensure the well-being of the religious within his authority.

His cousin Count Frederick of Isenberg was vogt of Essen Abbey, and abused his position by defrauding the nuns. Engelbert was determined to protect the nuns’ interests and sought to bring Frederick to justice. On November 7, 1225 while they travelled together to Cologne from a judicial hearing in Soest, Engelbert was killed, possibly by Frederick, in a gorge near present-day Gevelsberg. Engelbert’s body was taken to Cologne on a dung-cart, and when examined, found to have forty-seven wounds. Engelbert’s body was buried in Cologne Cathedral on February 24, 1226 by order of Cardinal Conrad of Urach, the papal legate, who declared him a martyr because he had died in defence of nuns.[Source: “Catholic Encyclopedia”]

St. Engelbert, pray for us!

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Blessed Feast of St. Engelbert!

Engelbert II was born circa 1185 in western Germany, a son of Count Engelbert I of Berg and his wife Margarete of Guelders. He was educated at the cathedral school in Cologne and, at the age of 13, held the office of provost of St. George in Cologne. For the next 17 years, Engelbert II was cathedral provost at Cologne Cathedral. He was elected Bishop of Münster in 1203 but he declined because of his young age.

Engelbert was excommunicated by Pope Innocent III in 1206, on account of his support for his cousin Adolf of Altena, archbishop of Cologne, in the interests of Philip of Swabia against Otto of Brunswick but was pardoned in 1208. In 1212, as an act of penance for his earlier rebellion, he took part in the Albigensian Crusade. He gave his allegiance to the future Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, after the Battle of Bouvines in 1214.

Engelbert was elected Archbishop of Cologne in 1216, at the age of 35, and was consecrated the following year, in which office he remained for the rest of his life. Engelbert earned the respect and affection of his subjects through his devotion to justice and his energy in maintaining law, and took great pains to ensure the well-being of the religious within his authority.

His cousin Count Frederick of Isenberg was vogt of Essen Abbey, and abused his position by defrauding the nuns. Engelbert was determined to protect the nuns’ interests and sought to bring Frederick to justice. On November 7, 1225 while they travelled together to Cologne from a judicial hearing in Soest, Engelbert was killed, possibly by Frederick, in a gorge near present-day Gevelsberg. Engelbert’s body was taken to Cologne on a dung-cart, and when examined, found to have forty-seven wounds. Engelbert’s body was buried in Cologne Cathedral on February 24, 1226 by order of Cardinal Conrad of Urach, the papal legate, who declared him a martyr because he had died in defence of nuns.[Source: “Catholic Encyclopedia”]

St. Engelbert, pray for us!

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