Our Guiding Saints
Saint Benedict, founder of western monasticism, patron against poison, against witchcraft, agricultural workers, cavers, civil engineers, coppersmiths, dying people, Erysipelas, Europe, farmers, fever, gall stones, Heerdt (Germany), inflammatory diseases, Italian architects, kidney disease, monks, nettle rash, Norcia (Italy), people in religious orders, school children, servants who have broken their master’s belongings, speliologists, spelunkers and temptations. St. Benedict’s feast day is March 21.
Saint Scholastica, twin sister of St. Benedict, patroness of convulsive children; nuns; invoked against storms and rain; Le Mans. Her feast day is February 10.
Saint Emma, the patroness of our monastery. Emma, the daughter of a Bavarian count, was born around 808 and received a good, deeply Christian education. She married Ludwig “the German”, grandson of Charlemagne, to whom she had seven children. One daughter died quite young and the remaining three daughters became Benedictines. The three sons succeeded each other in ruling in their father’s stead. All her children died before the age of 30. Emma herself suffered a stroke in 874 from which she never recovered. She died January 31, 876 and was buried in the Basilica of St. Emmeran in Regensburg, Germany. Her feast day is January 31.
Saint Walburga was a Benedictine nun, missionary to Germany and is the patroness of our founding abbey, Abtei St. Walburg, Eichstätt, Germany. She is invoked against coughs; against dog bites; against famine; against hydrophobia; against mad dogs; against plague; against rabies; against storms; by Antwerp, Belgium; by boatmen; by the Diocese of Eichstätt, Germany; by Gronigen, Netherlands; for harvests; by mariners; by Oudenarde, Belgium; by the Diocese of Plymouth, England; by sailors, by watermen; and by Zutphen, Netherlands. Her feast day is February 25.