263- St. Valpurga, 5th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

St Valpurga is the 5th of 6 saints from an English family who lived in the 700’s. Daughter of Ss. Wuna and Richard of Wessex, niece of St. Boniface and sister of Ss. Winebald and Willibald.

Icon of St Valpurga
St Winebald credit- http://catholicsaints.info/saint-winebald-of-heidenheim/

St Valpurga due to the depth of her learning is credited by some as the first female writer from England AND Germany! She wrote what has been called the first ‘travel log’ which consisted of the travels of her older brother St WillIebald on a pilgrimage of Christian shrines.

St Valpurga helped her brother St Williebald found a double monastery, a community for both monks and nuns at Heidenheim. She headed the nuns there at the monastery and her eldest brother St Winebald became the head of the monks.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

For more about St. Valpurga here are my primary sources for this podcast:

St. Gregory Orthodox Church.org (they call her St Walburga)

Prayers for Reparation.org

Colorado’s Abbey of St Walburga- Walburga.org

St Walburga and Healing Oil story- ABlessedCallToLove.org

Diocese of Eichstätt

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