Willibrord, Saint

Willibrord, Saint wĭ´lĭbrôrd [key], 658–739, English Benedictine missionary, called the Apostle to the Frisians. He was brought up at Ripon by St. Wilfrid and studied further (678–90) in Ireland. From there he was sent with a few monks to Friesland to preach, under the protection of Pepin of Heristal . In 695 Willibrord went to Rome and was consecrated archbishop of the Frisians by Pope Sergius I, who gave him the name of Clement. Utrecht was established as his see; it became a center of English Christian culture on the Continent. He died at Echternach, in the monastery which he had founded (c.700). His work was continued by St. Boniface . Feast: Nov. 7.

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