Feast of St. Wolfgang of Regensburg (October 31)   Leave a comment

Regensburg Cathedral, Regensburg, Federal Republic of Germany

St. Wolfgang of Regensburg (c.924-974)

Roman Catholic Missionary Bishop in Germany and Bohemia

During his lifetime St. Wolfgang of Regensburg earned a reputation for holiness.  During a half-century he gave generously to the poor, enforced monastic vows of poverty within the Diocese of Regensburg (his see), and fostered learning, founded churches, made many converts, and helped establish the Diocese of Prague.  All that is impressive.

Educated at Reichenau Abbey, St. Wolfgang was an excellent student.  He grew up to become a teacher at Trier Cathedral school, 956-964.  The saint, became a Benedictine in 964 and director of the monastery school 7 years later.  He transformed the school into a flourishing center of learning.

Holy Roman Emperor Otto II made St. Wolfgang Bishop of Regensburg in 972.  He continued life-long habits of being generous to the poor while he cracked down on lax standards at monasteries within the diocese.  The bishop also tutored the future Emperor Henry II and help establish the Diocese of Prague, which ceased to be part of his see.

The Roman Catholic Church canonized St. Wolfgang of Regensburg in 1022.

Life is short. We are born, we live, and then we die.  If most of us go on to exist in the historical record, we will be little more than footnotes and names in genealogical books.  Yet each one of us carries the obligation to leave the world (or a corner of it) better than we found it.  This is possible, and St. Wolfgang of Regensburg succeeded spectacularly.





A Prayer from Lives of the Saints:

God, Light and Shepherd of souls, you established St. Wolfgang as Bishop in your Church to feed your flock by his word and form it by his example.  Help us through his intercession to the faith he taught by his word and follow the way he showed by his example.  Amen.

Readings I Have Selected:

Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 44:1-15

Psalm 15

James 1:22-27

Matthew 25:31-46


Posted September 8, 2010 by neatnik2009 in October, Saints of the 900s

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