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SAINT WERENFRID, PRIEST AND CONFESSOR

HE was an English monk, and, according to Mabillon, accompanied, or as the Bollandists rather think, followed St. Willibrord into Friesland, and assisted him in preaching the gospel. St. Werenfrid planted the faith in the isle or territory of Betawe, or Batavia, in Holland, lying between the Rhine, the Leek, the Maese, and Merve, especially at Elste, a town in that territory, where he was buried. His tomb was famous for pilgrimages, and the miraculous cures of sick persons, especially those afflicted with the gout. Baldericus, the fifteenth bishop of Utrecht, founded there a collegiate church in his honor, with eight canonries. St, Werenfrid is honored in Holland on the 14th of August. See his life in Surius, and much more correctly in the Bollandists, on the 28th of August. Also John Leidia,1. 2, c. 42; Wilhelmus Heda, p. 30; Batavia Sacra, p. 42.








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