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St. Wulfran, Archbishop of Sens
March 20, 2016
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 20 of March, repeating indefinitely
His mother was St. Bethildes and he spent many years in the court to King Clotaire III. He bestowed his estate of Maurilly on the abbey of Fontenelle in Normandy. He was consecrated archbishop of Sens in 682 but later resigned his bishopric and after a retreat at Fontenelle entered Friesland as a poor missionary priest. He baptized great multitudes with a son of King Radbod and drew the people from the barbarous custom of sacrificing men to idols. The lot herein decided, on great festivals, who should be the victim; and the persons was instantly hanged or cut in pieces. At one festival the people consented that if the God of Wulfran should save the sacrificed’s life, a man named Ovon, he should ever serve him and be Wulfran’s slave. St. Wulfran betook himself to prayer and the man, after hanging on the gibbet two hours, the cord breaking, fell to the ground and being found alive was given to the saint and became a monk and priest at Fontenelle. He died in 720.