When one of Anskar’s men suggested to his face that he could work miracles, the medieval missionary replied, “Were I worthy of such a favor from my God, I would ask that He would grant to me this one miracle, that by His grace He would make of me a good man.” Anskar (or Ansgar, or Oscar) was born in 801 and died in 865. About forty years of his life were spent in service to Christ and His church, under no amount of luxury. His lot was the mission to a barbarous northern Europe, where he was appointed archbishop …
Rimbert was the archbishop of Bremen-Hamburg in Germany. When Anskar died, Rimbert was chosen
his successor. He died at Bremen on June 11, 888.