Benno of Meissen

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Saint Benno of Meissen

Celebrated: on June 16th.

The name is derived from the Latin name Benedict, meaning “blessed.”

Benno was born in Germany and educated in a monastery. He became the chaplain to ruler Henry III and later the bishop of Meissen. Because he showed support for Saxon rebels, he was exiled for one year, but Henry IV allowed him to return. Although Benno was actively involved in politics, he did not neglect his duties to the church – he preached, celebrated Mass, supervised priests, and their work. He also promoted music and art in the church.

Patron of fishermen, weavers, Munich, Bavaria, helper against drought and storms.

Variations of the name: Bernard, Barney, Bernie, Berny.