Adolf of Osnabrück

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St. Adolf of Osnabrück, O.Cist.
Monk and bishop
Bornc. 1185
Tecklenburg, Duchy of Westphalia, Electorate of Cologne, Holy Roman Empire
Died30 June 1222 or 1224
Osnabrück, Hanseatic League
Venerated in Catholic Church
(Cistercian Order and Osnabrück, Germany)
Canonized 1625 by Pope Urban VIII
Major shrine St. Peter Cathedral,
Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany
Feast 11 February [1]
Attributes A bishop holding a small church

Adolf of Osnabrück, O.Cist (also known as Adolphus, Adolph, Adolf of Tecklenburg), was born in Tecklenburg about 1185, a member of the family of the Counts of Tecklenburg in the Duchy of Westphalia. During his lifetime, he became known as the "Almoner of the Poor", and is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church. [1]



Adolf became a canon of the Cathedral of Cologne, but then entered a Cistercian monastery, where he became known for his piety. [2] In 1216 he was elected Bishop of Osnabrück (after an earlier election had been cancelled by the pope) and maintained charitable programs there. He died on 30 June 1222 or 1224. [3]


Adolf's cultus was recognized by Pope Urban VIII in 1625. His feast day is celebrated on 11 February. [4] [5]

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  1. 1 2 Jones, Terry. "Adolphus of Osnabruck". Patron Saints Index. Archived from the original on 23 February 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2007.
  2. “Saint Adolphus of Osnabruck”. 2 May 2012. Web. {2012-9-20}.
  3. Monks of Ramsgate. “Adolphus”. Book of Saints, 1921. 2 May 2012. Web. {2012-9-20}.
  4. Catholic Online. Feast days in February
  5. Same feast day: Benedict of Aniane, Our Lady of Lourdes, Paschal