St. Henry of Uppsalla

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/19

Patron Of: Finland, Against Storms

Also known as
    Henrik of Finland
    Henrik of Uppsala
    Henry of Finland
    Henry of Sweden

    19 January
    18 June (translation of his relics)

    While working in Rome, he was sent to evangelize Scandinavia, travelling with papal legate Cardinal Nicholas Breakspear, the future Pope Adrian IV. Bishop of Uppsalla in 1148. Evangelized Sweden and Norway. Friend of King Saint Eric of Sweden, and accompanied him into battle with Finnish pirates in 1154. Eric offered friendship and Christianity to the Finns; they chose war, but lost to the Swedes. Henry then evangelized in Finland. Built a church at Nousis, which became his headquarters. Martyred by a Finnish soldier named Lalli whom he had just excommunicated for murdering a Swedish soldier. Legend says that Lalli had a long life - continually tormented by mice as a penance for his attack.


    struck with an axe c.1156 at Nousis
    buried at Nousis
    miracles reported at his tomb
    relics translated to Torku on 18 June 1300
    relics stolen by Russian troops in 1720


    against storms

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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