ST. WIGBERT, ABBOT, C.
HE was an Englishman of noble birth, who,
despising the world in his youth, embraced a monastic state. St.
Boniface invited him to join in the labors of the conversion of the
Germans, and made him abbot of two monasteries which he built, that
of Fritzlar, three miles from Cassel, and afterward also of Ortdorf
in the same province of Hesse. When called out to hear any one’s
confession he spoke to no one in his road, and made haste back to his
monastery. Broken by sickness, he resigned the government of his
monasteries to St. Boniface, the better to prepare himself for his
last passage. No state of his last sickness could make him mitigate
the severity of his monastic abstinence and fasts, though he
condemned not such indulgence in others. He died about the year 747,
before St. Boniface, and was famous for miracles. His body was soon
after translated to the monastery of Herfeld, and his shrine there
adorned by St. Lullus with gold and silver. He is named on the 13th
of August in the Martyrology of Rabanus Maurus; in that of Usuard,
and in the Roman. See his life written by Lupus, then a priest under
Rabanus Maurus at Mentz, afterward abbot of Ferrieres, three leagues
from Montargis in Gatinois in the diocess of Sens, published by
Baluze, inter op. Servati Lupi Ferrar. p. 292. Mabillon, act. Ben.
sæc. 3, p. 671, and Solier the Bollandist, ad 13 Aug., p. 132.