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Saint Of The Day: St. Winebald Of Heidenheim


Born a prince, the son of Saint Richard the King and Saint Wunna of Wessex; brother of Saint Willibald and Saint Walburga; nephew of Saint Boniface. During a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, he became ill and spent seven years in Rome, Italy recovering and studying before finally returning to England. Missionary to Germany, with Saint Boniface. Ordained in 739. Worked in Thuringia, Bavaria and Mainz. Founded a monastery at Heidenheim, and served as its first abbot

Winebald is one of those amazing English missionaries who evangelized Europe, leaving behind a flourishing Catholicism and a number of monasteries and laying the beginnings of Christianity in what is now Germany, France, Holland, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

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