Our father among the Saints Wolfgang, Bishop of
Ratisbon, the glorious light of Bavaria, was born of
illustrious parents about the year 934.
After studying at Reichenau and Würzburg, he led the
cathedral school at Trier, and undertook to reform
the churches of the area, for which he met with
began to live an ascetic life and after some years
became a monk at Einsiedeln, then was ordained
priest by St. Ulric of Augsburg. Together with
St. Ulric and St. Conrad, St. Wolfgang was one of
the three Stars in the firmament of the Orthodox
Church in pre-Schism Germany.
Wolfgang was sent as a missionary to the pagan
Magyars, and later, in 972, was made Bishop of
became the tutor to Emperor St. Henry II, was
spiritual father and mentor to several of the early
11th c. German bishops, and restored genuine
monastic life in the region.
was a zealous preacher, and his liberality to the
poor earned him the title of "Elemosynarius Maior,"
that is, "The Great Almsgiver."
Once, in the midst of a political controversy, St.
Wolfgang disappeared. A hunter found him living as a
hermit near a lake now called Lake St. Wolfgang, and
he returned to his see.
Then, while visiting Pöchlarn in Lower Austria, upon
the Danube, the Saint took ill and reposed soon
after. His sacred relics were transported up the
Danube to Ratisbon and there enshrined.
His holy life was written in 1050.