Tuesday, 31 October 2017

# Saints

Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg

Saint Wolfgang, stained glass, Parish Church in Leising

The 31st of October is the feast day of Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg. He is the patron saint of apoplexy; carpenters and wood carvers; paralysis; Regensburg, Germany; stomach diseases; and strokes.

Saint Wolfgang lived between 934 till 994 A.D. He is also known as the Great Almoner and was the Bishop of Regensburg, Bavaria. He reformed the monasteries and convents in his diocese, and was known for his teaching abilities, oratory skill and charity towards the poor. He also helped evangelise the Magyars in today's Hungary. Near the end of his life, he retreated to what is now called Saint Wolfgang's Lake in Austria and built a church and hermitage there. He chose the spot to build his cell by praying and throwing his axe into the wilderness and building it where it landed. A town gradually grew around the saint's hermitage.

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