St Boniface


A highborn and well educated Englishman, young Boniface set out on a mission to the pagan tribes in Friesland (now the Netherlands) in 716.  The first mission failed, but Boniface received a commission from Pope Gregory II to bring the Gospel to the north German peoples.  With unflagging perseverance, he founded monasteries, established centres of learning, and fought heresies, and abuses.  He convened the first German synod and was named the primate of Germany.  At the end of his life he was permitted to return to Friesland.  He was murdered there in 754 by tribal warriors as he prepared to confirm a group of converts.


** taken from The Magnificat** 



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