Otto

c.1060-1139. Bishop of Bamberg. Born in Swabia of noble parentage, he was educated in monastic schools and served at the courts of several Polish nobles before entering the service of Emperor Henry IV. About 1101 he was appointed chancellor, and in 1102 bishop of Bamberg, but was not consecrated until 1106. He was involved in the Investiture Controversy* and suspended from office for a time. Within his diocese Otto was very active in building churches and monasteries-some twenty monasteries are said to have been founded or renewed by him. He was called on as arbiter in several disputes. As emissary to Pomerania he was eminently successful in establishing Christianity among the Slavs then inhabiting that region. In 1189 he was canonized by Clement III.