St. Ansgar

St. Ansgar Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/03


Patron Of: Denmark, Diocese of Hamburg, Germany, Scandinavia, Sweden

Also known as
    Amschar
    Anschar
    Ansgarius
    Anskar
    Apostle of the North
    Scharies

Memorial
    3 February

Profile
    Born to the French nobility. Benedictine monk at Old Corbie Abbey in Picardy, and New Corbie in Westphalia. Studied under Saint Adelard and Saint Paschasius Radbert. Accompanied the converted King Harold to Denmark when the exiled king returned home. Missionary to Denmark and Sweden. Founded first Christian church in Sweden c.832. Abbot of New Corbie c.834. Archbishop of Hamburg, ordained by Pope Gregory IV. Papal legate to the Scandanavian countries. Established the first Christian school in Denmark, but was run out by pagans, and the school was burned to the ground. Campaigned against slavery. Archbishop of Bremen. Converted Erik, King of Jutland. Great preacher, a miracle worker, and greatly devoted to the poor and sick. Sadly, after his death most of his gains for the Church were lost to resurgent paganism.

Born
    801 at Amiens, Picardy, France

Died
    3 February 865 at Bremen, Germany
    relics at Bremen, Hamburg, and Copenhagen

Patronage
    Denmark
    Hamburg, Germany, diocese of
    Scandinavia
    Sweden

Representation

    man holding the catheral of Hamburg, Germany
    man wearing a fur pelise
 



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


 
 

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