Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Saint Willehad of Bremen – Saint of the Day – November 8

Saint Willehad of Bremen Biography

Saint Willehad of Bremen Profile. Born: 8th Century in United Kingdom, Europe. Worked in Italy, Germany. Died: 789 AD in Bremen, Germany. Feast Day is celebrated on November 8.

The Memorial of Saint Willehad of Bremen – Saint of the Day

Saint Willehad of Bremen 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 8th Century
Country of Birth United Kingdom in Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Bishops
Profession Missionary
Place of Work Italy, Germany
Date of Death 789 AD
Place of Death Bremen, Germany
Feast Day November 8
Beatification Beatified by N/A
Canonization Canonized by Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of Saxony


Saint Willehad of Bremen Biography

Saint Willehad of Bremen was educated at York, England and then became a Benedictine monk, later a Priest. He was a close ally of Blessed Alcuin. He evangelist throughout western Europe and also worked in Frisia in 766, preaching in Dokkum, Overyssel, Humsterland, and Utrecht, but was driven out by violent pagans.

He was then sent by Charlemagne to evangelize the Saxons in 780 AD but was expelled in 782 following a revolt by King Widukind against Charlemagne‘s rule. Willehad went on a pilgrim to Rome, Italy. He copied manuscripts at the abbey of Echternach.

Following Charlemagne‘s re-conquest of the Saxons Willehad became bishop of Bremen in 787 a seat he held until his death. He built the cathedral there and many churches throughout his see.