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ST BONIFACE – HE BURNED WITH ZEAL TO SPREAD THE FAITH

15 May
ST BONIFACE – HE BURNED WITH ZEAL TO SPREAD THE FAITH

ST BONIFACE, BISHOP AND MARTYR; FEAST DAY: JUNE 5

Once known as Winfrid, Boniface was born among the English around the close of the seventh century. After becoming a monk and a priest, he commenced preaching and effectively reached a great number of souls.

He burned with zeal to spread the faith and preached the Gospel to the Frisians. After governing his monastery in England in a most holy way for two years, he resigned his office.

At Rome, Gregory II named him Boniface and sent him to Germany, where he preached Christ in Thuringia and Saxony. With St Willibrord, he returned to the Frisians and preached the Gospel with wonderful results.

Before long he was recalled to Rome and consecrated a bishop. Then he thoroughly purged Hesse and Thuringia of the remains of idolatry. After he became Apostolic Legate and Archbishop of Mainz, he built many churches and administered them by himself or through those whom he had trained.

When the Frisians relapsed into idolatry, Boniface returned to them to preach the Gospel. With his fellow bishop, Eobanus, and many others, he was killed in a bloody massacre near the Born River, and so died a martyr. His body is buried in the monastery of Fulda.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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