Saint of the Day – 25 February – Saint Walpurga or Walburga

The Memorial of Saint Walpurga or Walburga

Saint Walpurga or Walburga is the Patron Saint of

• Against coughs
• Against dog bites
• Against famine
• Against hydrophobia or rabies
• Against mad dogs
• Against plague
• Against storms
• Boatmen, mariners, sailors, waterman
• Farmers
• Harvests
• Eichstätt, Germany, diocese of
• Plymouth, England, diocese of
• 4 cities

Saint Walpurga or Walburga Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersNuns/Sisters who became Saints

Saint Walpurga or Walburga brief life History

Date of Birth 710 AD
Country of Birth United Kingdom in Europe
Profession Nun
Place of Work Germany
Date of Death 25 February 777 or 779
Place of Death Heidenheim, Swabia, Germany of natural causes
Feast Day 25 February
Beatification By Not Available
Canonization By Adrian II in 870
Patron Saint of • Against coughs
• Against dog bites
• Against famine
• Against hydrophobia or rabies
• Against mad dogs
• Against plague
• Against storms
• Boatmen, mariners, sailors, waterman
• Farmers
• Harvests
• Eichstätt, Germany, diocese of
• Plymouth, England, diocese of
• 4 cities

Saint Walpurga or Walburga Short life History

Saint Walpurga Daughter of Saint Richard the King. Sister of Saint Willibald and Saint Winebald. Student of Saint Tatta at Wimborne monastery, Dorset, England, where she later became a nun.

Beginning in 748, she evangelized and healed pagans in what is now Germany with Saint Lioba, Saint Boniface, and her brothers, a mission that was very successful. Abbess of communities of men and of women at Heidenheim. Cures are ascribed to the oil that exudes from a rock on which her relics were placed, which together with her healing skills in life explains her patronage of plague, rabies, coughs, etc.

The night of 1 May, the date of the translation of Walburga’s relics to Eichstätt in 870, is known as Walpurgisnacht; it is also a pagan festival marking the beginning of summer and the revels of witches. Though the saint had no connection with this festival, her name became associated with witchcraft and country superstitions because of the date.

It is possible that the protection of crops ascribed to her, represented by three ears of corn in her icons, may have been transferred to her from Mother Earth and the connection to this pagan holiday.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Saint Walpurga or Walburga was also known as Auboué, Avangour, Avongourg, Bugga, Falbourg, Gaubourg, Gauburge, Gaudurge, Gualbourg, Valborg, Valburg, Valpurge, Valpuri, Vaubouer, Vaubourg, Walbourg, Walburg, Walburge, Walpurd, Walpurga, Walpurgis, Waltpurde, Warpurg

Saint Walpurga