St Willibrord, Patron of the Netherlands

St Willibrord, Patron of the Netherlands

St Willibord faced great dangers in his efforts to convert the pagans. In 714, Duke Radbod reclaimed the extensive territories acquired by Pepin, and Willilbrord watched all of the progress he had made be virtually undone. After Radbod’s death, Willibrord started his work over again with help from St Boniface. Willibrord died on retreat at Echternach on this day in 739. He is known as the Apostle of the Frisians and a patron of the Netherlands.

Source: ICN

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