Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Saint Magnus of Füssen – Saint of the Day – September 6

St. Magnus of Füssen Biography

St. Magnus of Füssen Profile. Early 7th Century AD in Germany, Europe. Worked in Germany. Died: 666 AD in Germany. Feast Day is celebrated on September 6.

St. Magnus of Füssen Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth Early 7th Century AD
Country of Birth Germany in Europe
Profession Monk, Priest
Place of Work  Germany
Date of Death 666 AD
Place of Death Germany
Feast Day September 6
Beatification  
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of • Against caterpillars
• Against hail or hailstorms
• Protection of crops

Saint’s Biography

He was a missionary saint in southern Germany, also known as the Apostle of the Allgäu. He is believed to have been a contemporary either of Saint Gall (died 627) or of Saint Boniface (died 754) and is venerated as the founder of St. Mang’s Abbey, Füssen.

At the request of the bishop of Augsberg, Bavaria, he evangelized in Eptaticus in the eastern part of Allgäu, Bavaria. By the River Lech in Bavaria, in a place still known as Sant Mangstritt (footstep of Saint Magnus) he founded the monastery of Füssen.

Some extraordinary stories grew up around Magnus, often involving animals. In Kempten he dispersed a plague of snakes. At Füssen, he was forced to expel a dragon from the land he needed for the monastery; in one version of the story, he spared an infant dragon who helped local farmers by hunting rats, mice and other crop-damaging vermin.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

While on a walk in the woods near the monastery, Saint Magnus of Fussen encountered a bear who showed him a vein of iron ore; he gave the bear some cake. The bear followed Magnus back to the abbey where the saint rounded up some tools and monks; the bear then led them all to several other iron ore sources in the nearby mountains, thus helping found the area’s most lucrative industry.

Saint Magnus of Füssen
St. Magnus of Füssen